The Hospital and the Park
The New Victoria Hospital is located on the Southside of Glasgow, near Queens Park. It provides an attractive and welcoming environment for patients and visitors with light, airy public spaces, comfortable waiting areas and modern consulting rooms.
Patients will not only benefit from modern new facilities. The way care is provided from the hospital has also changed for the better. Services have been redesigned around the needs of the patient to enhance the quality of care and speed up diagnosis and treatment. About 400,000 patients attend the hospital every year.
In addition to outpatient clinics, day surgery and diagnostic services, the hospital provides a number of specialist services such as cardiology and gynaecology. There is also a new Minor Injuries Unit with its own dedicated entrance for rapid access to a highly skilled clinical team.
And for the first time, patients from south-east Glasgow, Rutherglen and Cambuslang requiring an MRI scan, renal dialysis or chemotherapy are able to get this locally at the New Victoria Hospital.
The New Victoria Art & Environment project has delivered permanently installed artworks by five artists, and an initial programme of residencies and projects within the Hospital. The curatorial concept for the project focused on The Hospital and the Park, linking the new hospital with Queens Park.
Ally Wallace was appointed as Lead Artist. He developed an integrated coloured glazing scheme working closely with HLM Architects, and also developed a number of wall paintings for the basement car parking area.
Ronnie Heeps worked closely with the Spiritual Care Committee to develop the Sanctuary in the New Victoria Hospital, drawing on the concept of 'Squaring the Circle'. The Friends of the Victoria worked with Glasgow Metropolitan College to commission furniture for the space.
A key part of the New Victoria Art & Environment project focused on Waiting Areas where Jacki Parry and Hanneline Visnes created works permanently installed in five locations. Calum Stirling was commissioned to create the work, Sculpture Park, adjacent to the Hospital.
In addition HLM Architects developed the concept of a multimedia projector in the Atrium showing a range of artists' film and video. An initial work drawing on the New Victoria, the Victoria Infirmary, Queens Park and the local area has been created by Ronnie Heeps.
Architects: HLM Architects
Lead Artist: Ally Wallace
Artists: Ronnie Heeps
Jacki Parry Calum Stirling Hanneline Visnes
Project Manager: Chris Fremantle
Scottish Arts Council, NHSGGC Staff Lottery, NHSGGC Endowments, many Glasgow Faith Groups.
Completed: Spring 2009
Public Art Resource + Research Scotland