We’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a competition to re-design one of Cheshire’s busiest Accident and Emergency department’s entrance and waiting area.
The circle is integral to the design philosophy and emblematizes the NHS as a 24 hour organisation for 365 days a year. We believe it will promote and reinforce a feeling of togetherness, care and community. Light diffuses softly across curved surfaces instead of sharp contrast created by perpendicular surfaces. The well-being of both the staff and the patient are at the heart of the proposal, and the space should incubate a symbiotic relationship between both. Colour and light play an integral role in the articulation of a calming, safe and secure environment for patients and staff. An accompanied waiting area is provided separately to the main space. It is intended for use when challenging patient behaviour may warrant segregation. The proposed building is a space where intimidation and abuse have no place – it is a place where clinicians and nurses can provide the very best care to their patients. A circular rooflight, positioned above the reception area shall create a glowing ring of light, diffusing throughout the space.
The images below are of the proposed interior space, the existing exterior and proposed exterior. If you have a moment, please share your thoughts with us. One of our core beliefs is that Architecture should be a vehicle for conversation and discourse.