Consultations with the patients at the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham revealed that they felt bored and claustrophobic in the sterile environments they were confined to during their courses of chemotherapy. Independent research also highlighted a link between a positive environment and an increase in recovery levels in cancer sufferers. With this in mind, Two Create decided to design the ward as a boutique hotel. Each room in the new hospital ward was styled differently so that patients returning for treatment
were able to stay in a different environment each time. A 1960’s Pop lounge, New York loft and Regency drawing room were amongst the options.
The themes were largely created with bespoke illustrations in the form of wall stickers, etched window vinyl and screen-printed roller blinds. Two create also utilised the metal clad walls at the bed heads by creating die-cut sheet magnets used by patients to personalise their room and add personal artifacts such as photographs.
Two Create also designed bespoke furniture pieces for the ward such as patient lockers specially designed to hold games consoles as well as vital medicines and personal belongings, small console tables able to be lifted by patients pushing drips and AV storage for all the latest technology being installed on the ward. SCP and Vitra were chosen to supply contemporary furniture, specified by Two Create in the latest anti-microbial high performance fabrics with design modifications to satisfy patient’s needs.