ONE Environments were invited to work alongside P+HS to design a valuable new courtyard area to support the three refurbished wards and the construction of a new wing at North Tyneside Hospital’s new £6m purpose-built Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP) facility.
The new garden was designed specifically for elderly inpatients being cared for in the Challenging Behaviour Unit and the Dementia Assessment Unit. The desire was for domestic scale gardens for patients to relax, socialise with friends, and allow for activities that are familiar and encourage participation. The potential for exposure to sunlight to assist the body’s manufacture of vitamin D is of particular importance in older people.
At every stage, the design developed in consensus with the feedback we received from the professional staff and viewed as forming part of a holistic treatment plan providing scope for physical exercise to relieve tension or aggression alongside personal space for reflection and privacy. Our associated company One Landscape Ltd, installed the garden.
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CLIENT: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
LOCATION: North Shields
SERVICES: Landscape Architecture S2- S6
PROGRAMME: 2013 – 2015