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Grenville Ward Courtyard Garden, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

Therapeutic garden design (with John Christian and Tulip Art, 2002–05)

The challenge

The site was a harsh, single storey, paved courtyard, used as a smoking area by staff from the elderly patient post operative recovery ward adjacent. The brief for the project from the hospital staff and health arts coordinator was to produce a high quality therapeutic courtyard garden environment for staff, patients and visitors and a venue for future arts projects and commissions.

What we did

Working with ward staff and a diverse hospital management client team lead by the Arts Coordinator, Westley Design facilitated an inclusive design consultation process. This documented process secured approval for the detailed design phase. The design aimed to produce a suite of outdoor ‘rooms’, with multi-sensory opportunities for patient interaction and recreation appropriate to the elderly age profile of ward users. Staff required a respite area with a degree of separation. The design focussed on the access needs of frail elderly wheelchairs users and ambulant disabled of reduced mobility to interact more closely with the plants. Westley Design produced the final masterplan, details and planting design, and undertook construction management. We also worked with specialist designer makers John Christian and Tulip Art to finalise designs for furnishings.

The result

The brief was successfully answered, producing tremendous support from the staff in the process and in aftercare for the landscape. The courtyard is successfully used by both clinical staff and service users. The scheme has generated client support for extending this type of project more widely across the hospital campus.

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