Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Date started: 
Organisation:  mental health
Service:  mental health
Project:  gardens
Before the redesign the garden lacked interest
Inside the Solardome
Visitors enjoying the Solardome

Project location

Mandalay House, Aylesbury.

Now part of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Aims and Outcomes

Although a modern building Mandalay House had little social, recreational and therapeutic space while the garden was mostly laid to lawn and lacked interest. The aim of the project was to increase the social space within the unit.

A geodesic structure, a Solardome®, was purchased and constructed on to a base prepared by the trust. A design brief was drawn up for the interior of the dome, which included lighting, seating and low maintenance planting as well as a requirement for moving water. The integral lighting scheme in the dome ensures that it is used in the evenings as well as during the day.

The design of the internal garden makes the very best of the space available with raised planting designed to give interest and colour throughout the year. The wooden oiled oak seating and trellis uprights were specially commissioned for the space. Terracotta tiles were chosen to blend with the colour scheme. The innovative water feature ebbs and flows into a small pool enhancing the relaxing ambience.

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