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CAMHS enhanced group areas and bedrooms: Projects Office

Dressed for the Weather CAMHS research drawing

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services department will be on the ground floor of the new hospital, with access to several external courtyards. Design team Projects Office have been appointed to enhance the interior design of the communal areas as well as to create opportunities for patients to personalise their bedrooms during their stay. The team have undertaken lengthy engagement with patients, families and staff, facilitated by artist James Leadbitter. One key theme that emerged as a common response to the question ‘What does good mental health feel like?’ was the environment of the seaside and coast. Projects Office have worked to develop a design which centres around this theme.

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RHSC and DCN interview rooms, sitting rooms and drop in centre: Dress for the Weather

Dress for the Weather Small Interview Room illustration

Design team Dress for the Weather have also been commissioned to develop an enhanced interior design strategy for the interview rooms, the sitting rooms within the new RHSC and DCN and also the RHSC drop-in centre. The interview rooms are an important and often sensitive environment, and the team have developed a subtle design which focuses on allowing users to feel both comfortable and secure. A theme has been developed for each of the sitting rooms, relating it to a more domestic counterpart. These include a games room, reading room, and solarium. The drop-in centre design is multi-functional, adaptable, homely, and will include bespoke patterns created with users and staff of the current service.

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DCN waiting areas: Dress for the Weather

Visualisation of the proposed Child Protection Unit. Image by Dress for the Weather
Visualisation of the proposed Child Protection Unit. Image by Dress for the Weather

The Child Protection unit has been developed by design team Dress for the Weather in the new hospital. These rooms, which is designed for under 16 year olds are designed to act as both waiting/play/discussion spaces and as examination spaces.

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RHSC Play and waiting area enhancement: Warren Design and Emily Hogarth

Snapshot of the layout for the new pod waiting area. Image by Warren Design
Snapshot of the layout for the new pod waiting area. Image by Warren Design

This project is working to upgrade the main RHSC waiting area which is called the ‘Pod’, along with the play, dining and waiting areas across the RHSC. This large and airy space is being developed by design team William Warren and Daniel Warren. The team are designing a number of bespoke furniture pieces, as well as features that include digital technology, activities for young people, and soft play. Artist Emily Hogarth works with a playful papercut style, and has been commissioned to create artwork for the Pod and other spaces.

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