Yorkhill Children's Hospital
SPACE were appointed by Yorkhill Children's Foundation to design new family areas at the Royal Hospital for Children.
Yorkhill Children’s Foundation raises funds to support the Royal Hospital for Children’s aim of ensuring every child receives the best possible care. When the hospital was under construction as part of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, we engaged with the Foundation team to design and enhance a number of family areas at the new facility including the mortuary, a family support centre, family waiting areas, a special waiting area for children and the Foundation shop.
It was incredibly important to create a hospital environment that was calm, relaxing and felt like home. Collaboration with the Foundation and hospital staff helped us understand the use for each space and how we could be sensitive with our design to fulfil that brief for families. In each area, we had to carefully consider what would remove the clinical feel and put families, parents and children at ease.
The family support centre needed to be a relaxed and comforting environment, with a sustainable and robust design. In the children’s waiting area, we incorporated elements like games chairs and table tennis and made use of graphics on the walls to create a relaxed, entertaining environment. The mortuary and family rooms required private spaces where families could absorb and process sensitive situations.
The project was completed in 2017, and our work with the Foundation means families and children can continue to receive care and support in a safe and comforting environment for years to come.
Yorkhill Children’s Foundation thanks SPACE for their professionalism and expertise. Our family rooms have now been designed and furnished in a way which offers comfort to familiesDavid Welch, Director of Fundraising at Yorkhill Children's Foundation