The practice has completed a therapeutic landscape design masterplan for the Newcastle Hospital grounds that uses horticulturally based interventions to assist patient recovery from mental health issues.
The grounds contain extensive areas of open grass space with mature trees. The surrounding, beautiful montane and wooded landscape of Co. Wicklow suits the location of a green hospital campus that has benefits for mental health.
Different areas have been identified throughout the hospital grounds as being ‘areas of interest’, meaning that these are landscape localities suitable for redesign to suit the ethos of the masterplan. Most of these areas are located along an existing ‘Slí na Sláinte’ (healthy-heart) route within the grounds; this provides connection between the different points of interest. These areas of interest act as stepping-stones along the road to recovery, providing different sensory and learning experiences for patients. They may also be used by staff and visitors to the hospital also.
The practice has provided landscape masterplan design, garden design and planting services as well as project management and implementation of the landscape design interventions on behalf of the Friends of Newcastle Hospital and the HSE.
Hospitals and Recovery, Landscape Masterplanning, Parks and Public Spaces, Places of Recovery