Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Acute Ward Block

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT

Bringing Derbyshire inside

Chesterfield Royal Hospital is situated in the beautiful Derbyshire landscape. As art consultants to the new Acute ward block, we decided to make this natural setting our artistic focus, drawing on the local colours, flora & fauna.

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Colourful approaches to privacy

During our research, we learnt that visitors to the acute ward would travel along a glass corridor, granting them an unwanted direct line of sight into patients’ rooms. We devised a design solution which grants patients their privacy, whilst at the same time retaining the benefits of a bright, naturally-lit corridor: an installation of multicoloured glass fins positioned at perpendicular intervals, whose colours – drawn from the local landscape – make for a stimulating approach, at the same time as they obscure the patient areas.


Working with an established manufacturer of hospital fabrics we also produced a series of designs for the ward’s privacy curtains, featuring drawings of local flora and fauna by Art in Site’s Martin Jones.


The artwork makes the ward right homely.

- Volunteer, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Date 2009

Sector Healthcare

Service Hospital, Acute wards

Commissioned by NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire

Artist Art in Site

User Adult patients

Awards International Academy for Design and Health Awards 2011: Highly Commended, Patient Environment