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Day Treatment Unit, Cancer Centre, Churchill Hospital, Oxford. Concept & Draft Design

This is an introduction to the project – ‘Landscape: bringing the outside in’

This is a full scale sample panel for an area of bespoke wall covering. VGL produced many such sample for us to approve and have been incredibly understanding and helpful in bringing the project to fruition. Ruth Charity, Arts Co-ordinator is on the right of this image & Carly Birkett, Account Manager for VGLis on the left.

This is a full scale sample panel for an area of bespoke wall covering. VGL produced many such sample for us to approve and have been incredibly understanding and helpful in bringing the project to fruition. Ruth Charity, Arts Co-ordinator is on the right of this image & Carly Birkett, Account Manager for VGLis on the left.

This arts project was commissioned in April 2012 for the Cancer & Haematology Day Treatment Unit, aka DTU, at Churchill Hospital, Oxford.  Ruth Charity, the Arts Coordinator for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has been instrumental in delivering the arts strategy. The Cancer Centre opened in March 2009 & was delivered by the Churchill Construction Consortium and designed by Steffian Bradley Architects.

The art project is currently in production and installation is starting on site this coming weekend.

The project brief described the unit as: “Between 70 -90 patients/day attend the Day Treatment Unit requiring treatment for varying malignancies and benign blood disorders. The treatment regimens (e.g. chemotherapy / blood transfusions) can be complex & lengthy, taking anything from 30 minutes to several hours, with some patients attending twice a week and others once every three weeks. The Day Treatment Unit consists of one long horseshoe-shaped room,accommodating 12 beds & 30 chairs. Currently there is little artwork on the walls and there is little of interest for patients to view. The windows are very high so there is no opportunity for patients to look out and thus no sense of what the weather is like or even what season it is. As a space, which patients visit on a regular basis, it offers little to lift the tedium of repeat visits”. 

Day Treatment Unit, Nurse Station. The patients within the unit are treated in beds or chairs set out around the perimeter of the rooms, facing into the centre of the room with any windows and natural light behind them. This is a typical view of the space.

Day Treatment Unit, Nurse Station. The patients within the unit are treated in beds or chairs set out around the perimeter of the rooms, facing into the centre of the room with any windows and natural light behind them. This is a typical view of the space.

Day Treatment Unit. All the treatment areas face onto a central 'island' of nurse stations and clinical rooms and service corridors, which make for a rather un-relieving view. Some patients are here for up to 4 or 5 hours at a time.

Day Treatment Unit. All the treatment areas face onto a central ‘island’ of nurse stations and clinical rooms and service corridors, which make for a rather un-relieving view. Some patients are here for up to 4 or 5 hours at a time.

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Day Treatment Unit, view from treatment areas with beds and chairs.

Day Treatment Unit, view from treatment areas with beds and chairs.

Day Treatment Unit.

Day Treatment Unit showing treatment chairs facing away from the windows. Although the nurse stations benefit from the natural light which comes in from a series of small, high windows, it does appear to diminish the experience of patients within the unit.

Day Treatment Unit Corridor

Day Treatment Unit Corridor

The aims of the project were :

to create a more welcoming, positive and inviting feel to the Chemotherapy suite;

to create new work that will provide some distraction for patients undergoing treatment;

to create new work that responds to the architecture and interior design of the space and unifies the space;

to create new work that is created with sensitivity to patients and those working in and visiting the department;

to create work that responds to the art programme theme of landscape: bringing the outside in;

to create work that is easy to clean, meets infection control standards and requires little or no maintenance

'Bringing the landscape in...;, The concept was driven by the woodland and planting which surrounded the Cancer Centre, very little of which could be viewed from within the unit. The sky was predominant as the windows are so high. Blue sky, clouds, rain, grey, bright, dull, overcast - all conditions which influenced our discussions and responses to the site.

‘Bringing the landscape in…;, The concept was driven by the woodland and planting which surrounded the Cancer Centre, very little of which could be viewed from within the unit. The sky was predominant as the windows are so high. Blue sky, clouds, rain, grey, bright, dull, overcast – all conditions which influenced our discussions and responses to the site.

Blue sky with clouds...

Blue sky with clouds…

Our approach had to be considerate of and sensitive to the treatments being delivered here and the wellbeing of patients. Scale and distance form the walls was a critical factor. We have to be extremely careful about colour or figurative detail and scale which could have a negative influence on patients.  The more muted and soft views on an early misty morning image taken in a local park began to appear more condusive to setting the stage for our intervention.

Our approach had to be considerate of and sensitive to the treatments being delivered here and the wellbeing of patients. Scale and distance  of patients from the walls  opposite was a critical factor. We had to be extremely careful about colour & figurative detail and scale which could have a negative influence  and impact on patients. The more muted and soft views on an early misty morning image taken in a local park began to appear conducive to setting the stage for our intervention.

'Landscape: bringing the outside in..."

‘Landscape: bringing the outside in…”

Tree shadows on a concrete wall are both sharply focussed or softly blurred depending on the distance of the tree from the wall.

Tree shadows on a concrete wall are both sharply focussed or softly blurred depending on the distance of the tree from the wall.

The shadows of trees here combine with the building onto which they are bast to create an abstract backdrop.

The shadows of trees here combine with the building onto which they are bast to create an abstract backdrop.

I have worked at the Cancer Centre previously within the adjacent Chemotherapy Waiting Room, where a large triptych – an architectural glass artwork, originally commissioned for the old Oncology Unit by GBS Architects, had been re-sited successfully as a screen between the patient waiting room and clinical offices and corridor. This work was further enhanced by digitally printed optically clear vinyl installed on all interior glazing panels within the waiting area by VGL Ltd. I will post an archive review of this project in due course under the heading ‘Chemotherapy Waiting Room’. 

The DTU project was initiated with a two day residency during which I talked to staff and engaged with patients. The delivery of treatments make this a very sensitive place to observe and great care was taken to be as unobtrusive as possible. There has been an ongoing process of engagement & he staff have been a continual joy to work alongside. Their collective upbeat and supportive collaboration has made this project particularly special for me. The key staff, who smoothed the progress of the project throughout have been: Eliz Flanagan – Lead Chemotherapy Nurse, Jane Skelly – Chemotherapy Specialist Nurse and Moira Cunningham – Sister, Oncology and Haematology Outpatients. Other members of the Champions Group who informed my work & engagement within the department are: Claire Tasker – supporter, Julie Bourchier – former patient & Liz Creak – former patient.

Initially I produced a to-scale model of the interior ‘island’, a cluster of rooms around which I was to base the installation. The idea was to create an interior landscape, or vista which almost felt as though the trees and plants were overhanging the space, creating an abstract misty glade to look into.

Plan drawing of the DTU. The pink area outlined in red shows the 'island', a cluster of rooms at the centre of the unit around which the circulation flows. The green line shows the perimeter of the unit and the position of  the treatment chairs and beds all aligned to face the 'island'.

Plan drawing of the DTU. The pink area outlined in red shows the ‘island’, a cluster of rooms at the centre of the unit around which the circulation flows. The green line shows the perimeter of the unit and the position of the treatment chairs and beds all aligned to face the ‘island’.

This is a scale model of the interior 'island' and a concept surface design to illustrate the approach.

This is a scale model of the interior ‘island’ and a concept surface design to illustrate the approach.

Research image - overhanging tree...

Research image – overhanging tree…

Scale model investigating the concept and approach.

Scale model investigating the concept and approach.

Draft for the 'island' elevations.

Draft for the ‘island’ elevations.

Draft artwork for the Beverage Bay wall elevation

Draft artwork for the Beverage Bay wall elevation

Draft wall elevation

Draft wall elevation

Draft Wall Elevation

Draft Wall Elevation

 

We have been working alongside Carly Birkett, Account Manager at VGL, Reading who have collaborated on the design production, manufacture and installation planning for the project. We have had small scale sample panels produced and installed within the unit for a number of weeks to gain feedback from staff and user groups. Following this period, the detailed design was revised and re-issued for comment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury

Today I received some new images of the Whiteleaf Centre and the interior and am posting them here by kind permission of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The core members of the project team with whom I collaborated on the project are:

Tom Cox – Project Manager, Artscape, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Mental Health Division

Mark Bateman – Capital Development Manager, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Britta MacDonald – Senior Assertive Outreach Worker, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Michelle Harding – Head of Adult Acute Pathway, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust  

Neil Flint – Commercial Services Manager, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Whiteleaf Centre, Nightingale Associate Architects, Front Elevation with some glazing artwork visible on the right hand side.

Whiteleaf Centre, Kier and Nightingale Associate Architects for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.  Front Elevation with some glazing artwork visible on the right hand side.

Whiteleaf  Centre, Main Reception. Some glazing artwork can be seen on the doors and glazing to the external courtyard to the centre of the image.

Whiteleaf Centre, Main Reception. Some glazing artwork can be seen on the doors and glazing to the external courtyard to the centre of the image.

Ward Hub Interior - showing the ward identity artwork. Each of the 4 wards has a colour coded artwork to assist in creating a unique identity for each area.

Ward Hub Interior – showing the ward identity artwork. Each of the 4 wards has a colour coded artwork to assist in creating a unique identity for each area.

Detail of Ward Hub artworks.

Detail of Ward Hub artworks.

The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury. Front entrance elevation. The small sapling tree on the green roundabout in the foreground is a specimen tree planted to create a focal point.  The tree is a Variegated Tulip Tree and was decided upon in collaboration with the project Landscape Architect, Robyn Butcher of Terra Firma Consultancy.

The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury. Front entrance elevation. The small sapling tree on the green roundabout in the foreground is a specimen tree planted to create a focal point. The tree is a Variegated Tulip Tree and was decided upon in collaboration with the project Landscape Architect, Robyn Butcher of Terra Firma Consultancy.

70th Anniversary Screen, Central Concourse, Jubilee Building, Musgrove Park Hospital

Architen Landrell, who manufactured and installed the tensile screen, sent me their project images this week. Some of these I hadn’t seen before, so  am now posting for the first time.

One side up !

One side up !

Looking into the central void space between columns.

Looking into the central void space between columns.

One side of the double sided screen is attached -

One side of the double sided screen is attached –

Digitally printed fabric in process of installation and attaching to frame.

Digitally printed fabric in process of installation and attaching to frame.

They show the fabric installation in progress and the steel frame attached the columns in the Central Concourse. The concept for the work was determined by the need for the fabric to create a privacy screen between the main thoroughfare and hub of the Central Concourse & the clinical corridor which ran adjacent to it, without compromising the architectural space or blocking light. GEDC0208_1.0 - (602627)_Extra Large - (762759)

The tensile fabric is translucent and the supporting structure and columns can be seen through it.

The tensile fabric is translucent and the supporting steel frame structure and architectural columns can be seen through it.

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Detail: Shadow 'Cross' & dynamic flow of archive narrative .

Detail: Shadow ‘Cross’ & dynamic flow of archive narrative .

Text was used as both a textural device and a narrative with which to lead the viewer through the work. Text came from two primary sources. The Hospital provided a great archive through which to trawl. A good deal of this was in the form of written accounts of service by retired staff. The other source was form an ex US Servicemen, Sidney A. Smith MD, who had served as a doctor at Musgrove Park during WWII. His book, A History of Musgrove Military Hospital During World War II and The 67th General Hospital, was a fascinating account of the early years and origins of the Hospital. Sidney Smith had very kindly allowed me access to his photographs & images  during my time working a lead artist at Musgrove Park. Some of this text is below:   “A Royal Visit by H.M Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on Thursday, 19th November 1959, was a great occasion for Taunton. The town was gaily decorated, church bells pealed, and, despite the dismal weather forecast, the spirit of the people was at its brightest. Following the reception at the Station, H.M. Queen Elizabeth left for the Musgrove Park Branch of the Taunton & Somerset Hospital, where on arrival, she was presented with a posy of orchids, pink rosebuds and lilies of the valley”.  “The 67th General Hospital adopted a banner, which bore images of a Pine tree and a cactus plant to symbolize the Maine contingent of doctors and nurses joined with the enlisted men who were mostly from Texas and Oklahoma”.  “We used to have Sunflower competitions at the back of x-ray. Seeds would be planted and ingenious methods of support would be rigged, much to the amusement of both staff and patients”.   “From the beginning of my time here we had the National Uniform, classic navy blue for the Sisters and light blue for the Staff Nurses and of course you had your belt, which kept many a waistline under control. We were quick to abandon the paper hats, although the sisters were more reluctant to lose their frilly hats and sleeves. Everyone knew who you were because of the uniform you wore”. 

The frame as seen from level one.

The frame as seen from level one.

The tensile work fully installed. The right hand side of the Central Concourse will become a retail area with units running the same length as the screen opposite.

The tensile work fully installed, as seen from the Level 1 balcony. The right hand side of the Central Concourse will become a retail area with units running the same length as the screen opposite. They are just out of shot in this image.

The Central Concourse space has a fantastic timber ceiling detail by Project Architects BDP. GEDC0236_1.0 - (602653)_Extra Large - (762779)

The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury

The Whiteleaf Centre is a £43 million 80-bed Mental Health Centre in Aylesbury. It was completed and opened in February 2014. The building was instigated by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and delivered by Kier Construction and Nightingale Architects. The Landscape Architects were Terra Firma Consultancy.

Whiteleaf Centre visual by Nightingale Associates, Project Architects

Whiteleaf Centre visual by Nightingale Associates, Project Architects

I was commissioned in November 2012 by Tom Cox, ‘Artscape’ Project Manager for Oxford Health, to develop artwork for glazing and walls which could also work as way finding. This was achieved via digital printing onto optically clear vinyl and vinyl wall covering by Guardian Glazing Films and their sub consultant Bonwyke.

Detail: Digital print on optically clear vinyl. Cafe & Waiting Area

12th February 2014. Detail: Digital print  on optically clear vinyl. Finally installed in the Cafe & Waiting Area

 

The project was influenced by its site history, firstly as a private residence called Manor House and an archive publication from the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, which listed in detail, the contents of the house & garden from its sale at the turn of the Century. The house & grounds eventually transformed into Manor House Hospital, which was completely demolished for the new build.  I was also really intrigued by the Ecological Assessment of the former Hospital site which was produced by Capita Symonds for Kier Build in 2011 which referred to the original seed bank of the site being present still in the spoil heaps of the demolition.

Text from the Ecological Assessment of the site carried out by Capita Symonds for Kier Build in 2011

Text from the Ecological Assessment of the site carried out by Capita Symonds for Kier Build in 2011

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Detailed descriptions of the gardens and their contents were contained in the sales particulars of the original Manor House

Detailed descriptions of the gardens and their contents were contained in the sales particulars of the original Manor House


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A list of animals and insects identified through study or anecdotal evidence as being either resident or visitors to the site.

A list of animals and insects identified through study or anecdotal evidence as being either resident or visitors to the site.

The artworks are presented as a series of interlinked vistas and quiet spaces which carry references to the site through the interior of the building.  The images also to the influence that gardens, nature & the natural world has within the understanding and treatment of acute mental health. One of the aims of the new building is to provide gardening opportunities for service users to grow things and to provide quiet outside spaces where people can be surrounded by planting and seasonal change.

Early concept visual of a garden with planted borders and tree

16th May 2013. Early concept visual of a garden with planted borders and tree

Draft design for the Cafe & Waiting room

23rd October 2013. Draft design for the Cafe & Waiting room

Draft design work for the Entrance Corridor glazing

Draft design work for the Entrance Corridor glazing

Draft designs in progress for the 4 Ward Hub areas

24th October 2013. Draft designs in progress for the 4 Ward Hub areas

17th May 2013. Many site visits enabled a continuing dialogue to be had with staff and the project team.

17th May 2013. Many site visits enabled a continuing dialogue to be had with staff and the project team.

3rd December 2013 - Final iconography signed off and building detailed designs ongoing.

3rd December 2013 – Final iconography signed off and building detailed designs ongoing.

3rd December 2013 - Detailed design for Entrance Corridor artwork is approved -

3rd December 2013 – Detailed design for Entrance Corridor artwork is approved –

12th February 2014 - Some vinyls installed, some small revisions and snags to resolve with the print.

12th February 2014 – Some vinyls installed, some small revisions and snags to resolve with the print.

 

12th February 2014 - Site meeting to review first batch of installations. Print detail really good.

12th February 2014 – Site meeting to review first batch of installations. Print detail really good.

 

12th February 2014 - installation started.

12th February 2014 – installation started.

 

12th February 2014 - meeting in the Cafe & Waiting area to review first installation sequence.

12th February 2014 – meeting in the Cafe & Waiting area to review first installation sequence.

12th February 2014 - Meeting Room glazing partially installed. One panel of glazing is cracked - so installation now delayed here for several weeks.

12th February 2014 – Meeting Room glazing partially installed. One panel of glazing is cracked – so installation now delayed here for several weeks.

12th February 2014 - Detail of Meeting Room window.

12th February 2014 – Detail of Meeting Room window.

12th February 2014 - some windows have text referencing the former house on the site set in a maelstrom scribbled line.

12th February 2014 – some windows have text referencing the former house on the site set in a maelstrom scribbled line.

25th September 2013, Final artwork approved for project. Meeting Room & Cafe Waiting Area

25th September 2013, Final artwork approved for project. Meeting Room & Cafe Waiting Area

9th December 2013 - Ward Hub designs approved for print.

9th December 2013 – Ward Hub designs approved for print.

9th December 2013 - Ward Hub 'A' approved for print.

9th December 2013 – Ward Hub ‘A’ approved for print.

 

 

2nd December 2013 - Ward Hub 'D' approved for print.

2nd December 2013 – Ward Hub ‘D’ approved for print.

2nd December 2014 - detail to corridor artwork has printed incorrectly. The vixen is meant to be surrounded by an opaque cloud. This elements spans several panels, so is a pain to have to re-print. I actually quite like the effect - wish I had left is as it was!

2nd December 2014 – detail to corridor artwork has printed incorrectly. The vixen is meant to be surrounded by an opaque cloud. This elements spans several panels, so is a pain to have to re-print. I actually quite like the effect – wish I had left is as it was ! – but the coral colour tree on the right has also printed incorrectly – so the whole lot has to go.

2nd December 2014 - Detail - small violet at the base of the Meeting Room window.

2nd December 2014 – Detail – small violet at the base of the Meeting Room window.

 

 

 

Tensile Screen, Central Concourse, Jubilee Building, Musgrove Park Hospital

The Jubilee Building Central Concourse Project at Musgrove Park Hospital has now completed on site and the new surgical building was fully opened on 7th April 2014.

This art commission was led by Steven Power, Senior Project Manager for Capital Projects at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton along with Architects BDP and Contractor BAM. Specialist contractors Architen Landrell, Metafab Solutions Ltd and Digital Printers VGL were all integral to the success of the design & production. Bronwen Gwillim, formally Art Co-ordinator of Art for Life at the Hospital initially led the commissioning and early stages of the art project in 2012, and handed over to Lisa Harty in her new role as Arts Co-ordinator to oversee its completion.

The tensile artwork, funded by the Heritage Lottery celebrates the completion of the Jubilee Building as well as commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Hospital originally founded as a US Field Hospital in World War Two.  I worked with the Hospital archive and the archivist Louise Donovan as well as bringing my own experience to bear, having been associated with the Hospital for the last 7 years and Lead Artist on a number of projects.

Final Artwork for the front elevation of the screen.

Final Artwork for the front elevation of the screen.

A library of images was built up with which to collage the artwork. These individual motifs all have a part of the visual narrative to present.

A library of images was built up with which to collage the artwork. These individual motifs all have a part of the visual narrative to present.

Detail: draft artwork

 

Installation in progress in Central Concourse

Installation in progress in Central Concourse

Detail: draft detail for tensile screen

Detail: draft detail for tensile screen

Tensile Screen as seen from from Level 1of Central Concourse

Tensile Screen as seen from from Level 1of Central Concourse

Tensile frame under construction by Metafab Solutions Ltd working for Architen Landrell

Tensile frame under construction by Metafab Solutions Ltd working for Architen Landrell

Tensile frame in construction by Metafab Solutions Ltd

Tensile frame in construction by Metafab Solutions Ltd

 

 

Tensile frame in production by Metafab Solutions Ltd

Tensile frame in production by Metafab Solutions Ltd

Tensile frame under construction by Metafab Solutions Ltd

Tensile frame under construction by Metafab Solutions Ltd

Digitally printed tensile fabric being processed for panel assmbly at Architen Landrell

Digitally printed tensile fabric being processed for panel assmbly at Architen Landrell

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Digitally printed tensile fabric produced by VGL in Reading, being prepared for panel assembly at Architen Landrell

Tensile screen installation in progress.

Tensile screen installation in progress.