Susan Grant, Arts Manager – Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation & Kate Wimpress, Director- North Edinburgh Arts.
The Arcadeum art commissions were made in collaboration with, and as striking symbols of the passions and histories of, the local people of Muirhouse, an area of redevelopment in North Edinburgh.
Artists Hans K Clausen and Lindsay Perth were commissioned by North Edinburgh Arts and NHS Lothian’s Tonic Arts Programme to spend three years at the centre of the community, connecting and engaging with local people. Following a series of community engagement projects, they created permanent art commissions for the main atrium of the new-build Pennywell health and social care centre. Made in collaboration with patients, staff and local residents, the artworks create a stunning, colourful focus and genuine celebration of the local community.
NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital: An Adaptive Strategy for future Healthcare Environments
David Ross, Director, Keppie
On 11 March 2020, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) was classified by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic. The urgent international response resulted in governments around the world introducing a series of measures to protect public health, to reduce the peak of the infection and to increase the capacity of existing medical infrastructure. As part of the Scottish Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic a temporary hospital was considered, to be delivered by the Scottish Government in conjunction with NHS National Services Scotland (NHSNSS). The resultant hospital – known as the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital – is a step-down facility for patients recovering from COVID-19. It is a fully operational 1000+ bed hospital, conceived and delivered within the existing SEC buildings in only 23 days. David Ross explains how the lessons learned from this project could have far-reaching implications for the design of future healthcare environments.