A new build 80 bed acute mental health unit at Belfast City Hospital. The client and team ethos was to create a positive space for healing, where patients can experience inclusion and normalisation.
Central to the design is that patients, staff and visitors experience the hospital as a journey between gardens rather than through dull corridors. From first arrival, the hospital entrance is at once an entrance and a gateway to a circular, central garden. All five wards are accessed from this cloistered garden at the heart of the hospital. Each of the wards is in turn organised around its own intimate courtyard garden, divided in function by interconnecting paths.
A masterplan for the site has identified a second phase for future expansion. The project was a collaboration with local architects RPP, Richard Murphy Architects and landscape architect Andy Sturgeon.