Mersey Care NHS Trust

Date started: 
Organisation:  mental health
Service:  mental health
Project:  gardens
The courtyard needed to be more inviting
A small bridge and silk flags in the newly designed garden
The mosaic waterfall

Project location

Broadoak Unit, Broadgreen General Hospital

Aims and Outcomes

The aim of this project was to redesign a courtyard to make it more inviting, and to relocate the WRVS shop and café, previously sited in the unit's reception area, to a space adjoining the garden.

The use of light, colour, water and links to nature were all identified as key design elements, and a Japanese theme was chosen to tie them all in. The theme is echoed in the seating, the planting, and the silk flags suspended over the courtyard. A main focus of the redesigned space is a large mosaic waterfall, which was created by over 35 service users, while the changes in ground level have been successfully negotiated by using different surface materials and a small bridge over the water feature.

The café has been moved and large full-height, fold-back, glass doors lead on to the decked area which will be used for refreshments and performances.

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