Gardens and outdoor spaces have been transformed at one of England’s largest NHS trusts as a way of thanking staff and commemorating all those who tragically lost their lives to Covid-19.
The week-long project at Newham Hospital, which was managed by landscaping and maintenance services firm, Ground Control, involved the revamping of new courtyard gardens and revitalising outside spaces into retreats and places of comfort for staff, patients and visitors.
With a goal of complimenting the character of the existing gardens and softening the environment to provide a level of tranquility to users, the work involved substantial pruning, planting a variety of new plants, removal and replacement of outdated furniture and installing new planters and trellises.
Memorial plaques have also been added to gardens in memory of those who died during the pandemic.
The Billericay-based company utilised its design and installation expertise to upgrade the external spaces for staff, patients and visitors, providing them with a retreat and a place of comfort – and the result has already been a big hit with all the hospital’s staff.
Adam Sewell-Jones, Interim Chief Executive at Newham Hospital, said: “The replenished tranquility gardens will provide a much-needed space for visitors to reflect and remember those who sadly lost their lives to Covid-19. I’d like to thank Ground Control and supporters for the work they have done to transform the gardens.
“The therapeutic and restorative nature of hospital green spaces is widely evidenced and I believe the new tranquility gardens will go a long way in supporting the wellbeing of our staff, patients and visitors.”
Justin Pereira, Director Estates and Facilities, Newham Hospital added: “A challenge we’ve always had is keeping the courtyard to a standard with our limited resources. So when the phone call came through, I grabbed it with both arms because I knew everybody would appreciate the open courtyards. Having a wonderful open space with nice, clean furniture, will lift morale. Sadly, we’ve had two colleagues pass away because of Covid-19 and the idea of a memorial came from their colleagues who want to remember them and have a place where they could go and quietly reflect.”
Ground Control’s original plan was to offer the garden to the Nightingale Hospital in East London – but with the hospital currently in standby mode, the decision was made to switch venue to another London-based hospital.
Chris Bawtree, Construction Project Manager at Ground Control commented: “There’s never been a more important time to provide a peaceful retreat for front line workers, patients and their friends & family. This is a practical way of saying ‘thank you’ and showing our support for the amazing work undertaken by all NHS staff especially during the pandemic.”
Savills and Homebase were among the companies that partnered with Ground Control on the project to contribute to the creation of the garden upgrades at Newham Hospital.
Serving a population of more than 2.5 million people, Barts Health NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK and provides care to some of the most deprived London boroughs including Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham.
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