As passionate advocates of healthy and therapeutic landscapes, we were delighted to work in collaboration with Medical Architecture on the long-awaited remodelling of Whitby Community Hospital – the fourth significant healthcare project we have secured in Yorkshire following on from Guisborough Hospital, West Hull Health Hub and Jean Bishop Integrated Care Centre. Our public realm and landscape strategy for the steeply sloping 3.8acre site, overlooking Whitby harbour, gave us the opportunity to remodel the existing hospital site and unlock the area for future supported housing development. Our design is focussed on three key spaces which add value to patient, visitor and staff experience; the main entrance concourse, a therapeutic courtyard garden and public access areas. The complex scheme will be staggered over multiple phases needed to keep the hospital operational.
Offering a range of community services to deliver sustainable health and social care, for Whitby and the surrounding area; the hospital will provide inpatient care for rehabilitation, palliative and end-of-life care as well as outpatient physiotherapy, minor injuries and district nursing.
To meet the needs of these varied users, our therapeutic landscape designs include sensory rich seasonal planting; quiet seating areas with privacy planting/screening and shielding from the weather and habitat creation to attract wildlife. Universal design principles were inbuilt into our landscape strategy to ensure the site is accessible to all.
facts & figures
CLIENT: Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
LOCATION: Whitby, North Yorkshire
PARTNERS: Medical Architecture, Lichfield’s, BGP, BAM Construction
SERVICES: Landscape Architecture S1 – S6
PROGRAMME: 2018 – ongoing