Three new art installations have been completed and are on display at the New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City
Commissioned by Art in Site, these innovative designs enhance the buildings welcoming space, providing patients and staff with a bold and visually engaging environment in which to visit and work.
Drawing on the everyday life and history of the surrounding areas, local artist Charlotte Mann has created captivating mural illustrations within the hospital that depict the house and garden at No. 39, The Wade - a 1950s house attached to the former Queen Elizabeth Hospital - the first fully-functioning hospital ever built by the NHS. Charlotte has also created a series of ornate window screens using laser cut stainless steel that clad the exterior windows in a style reminiscent of the net curtains seen throughout the local town.
Alongside Mann’s work, artist David Tremlett has brought colour and rhythm into the entrance hallway by employing a playful use of colour and geometry which ‘dances’ across the space and also serves as a colour-code for wayfinding throughout the building.
Community Health Partnerships (CHP) Area Property and Asset Manager, Denise Martin said: “As Head tenant of the New QEII Hospital, we are delighted to see how the incorporation of this captivating artwork is improving the user experience for both staff and patients.
"Numerous studies show how incorporating art into the design of healthcare environments can benefit people, both physically and mentally. The outstanding artwork at the New QEII Hospital engages people from the minute they arrive and in the case of David Tremlett’s work, it also has a functional use that is relayed around the building.”
The £30 million hospital was delivered in partnership between CHP and LIFT Company Assemble Community Partnerships. CHP is Head Tenant, with clinical care and services delivered by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.
As Head Tenant of the New QEII Hospital, we are delighted to see how the incorporation of this captivating artwork is improving the user experience for both staff and patients.Denise Martin, Area Property & Asset Manager, Community Health Partnerships