Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust

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Part of Enhancing the Healing Environment

Date started: 1 Jun 2001
Organisation: acute
Service: adult acute
Project: gardens


Three inner courtyard gardens in the new Princess Royal University Hospital - one with access from the stroke rehabilitation ward, two with no direct access.

This is now part of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Aims and outcomes

The aims of the project were to raise the design quality of three prominent courtyards, in order to create healing environments that could be appreciated by patients throughout the hospital.

As the courtyards could be seen from inpatient wards on three floors of the building, it was important that they looked attractive from above as well as from the ground. A key consideration was to ensure that the courtyards looked good by day and by night, and in all seasons.

The courtyard designs reflect the themes of earth, water and light, and the largest courtyard, which can be accessed from the stroke rehabilitation ward, now provides a therapeutic environment to help patients regain mobility and experience sensory aspects of the garden.

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