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EAST END TALE OF GLASGOW WELLBEING

September 18, 2003 9:34 AM

The veil was yesterday (17 September, 2003) lifted on the £1.5million refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Building concourse and Health Records Department at one of Glasgow's most well known hospitals, the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. 

Patients and visitors will now be welcomed to one of the busiest areas of the hospital through a bright, modern and easily accessible new entrance.  The new layout has created excellent signposting, improved seating areas, a new dispensing pharmacy and shop.  A new extended reception desk has also been added.

The QEB houses some of the hospital's main surgical wards, an outpatients department, the new Princess Royal Maternity and teaching accommodation plus corridor links to other Glasgow Royal Infirmary buildings.  The works were designed and completed by Glasgow based architectural and interior design practice Armitage Associates.

Ronnie Cleland, North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust's Chairman, said: "We are delighted with the refurbishment.  Patients and visitors will certainly benefit from the better use of signposting, the improved pharmacy area and enhanced reception facilities – not to mention the lovely new bright atmosphere.  Our new home for health records, a vital department within the hospital, has created a spacious and light working environment for the team and I am very pleased with the positive feedback from staff."

The finishing touches to the new-look concourse were added with an enormous 18m x 3m photographic mural portraying familiar and much-loved landmarks, local to Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The artwork was commissioned from artist Nichol Wheatley and is a pictorial collage of images of the hospital and east end of Glasgow as viewed from the nearby necropolis.

The piece entitled "East End Tale" is peppered with black and white original photographic images from the hospital archives and includes 100 pieces of text explaining the history of the Infirmary and of the surrounding community.

Artist Nichol Wheatley explained: "The idea and sole inspiration was to produce an artwork that would have a positive benefit to all, patients, staff and visitors of the hospital and to enhance and complement the overall ambience of the space created by Armitage Associates.

"The space is a welcoming and calming entrance to the hospital. Working closely with the architects on the brief, we were able to strengthen and harmonise the art with the architecture, acting as a window to the world outside.  The mural pays tribute to the unique history of the area, arguably the most historic in Glasgow, and its people. "

                                                                                                                                             

Through time the original concourse, built in the 1970's, had become dated and the effects of more than thirty years of wear and tear had become evident.

The brief from North Glasgow Trust was to upgrade the two areas to create a functional, light, airy and welcoming environment for patients, visitors and staff. 

Lena Armitage of Armitage Associates explains: "We were delighted to be given the opportunity to work on this project in conjunction with the Trust. 

"The concourse is a busy part of the hospital and we have revamped it with many considerations in mind.  We have created a feeling of space, light and height that is welcoming.  The organic shapes of the reception desk and ceiling above, along with the ambient lighting are very calming."

The refurbished concourse is located beneath the new Princess Royal Maternity at the Alexandra Parade entrance to the hospital. 

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For further information contact:

Vicki Greenhill or Pamela Bailey, PR Continuum

Tel:  0141 445 1661            e-mail:  [email protected]

Or

Emma Gregory, North Glasgow Trust

Tel: 0141 201 3964   e-mail: [email protected]

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