Ribblemere Perinatal Unit

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Key Info

Client

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Location

Chorley

Value

£1.5m

Completion Date

October 2018

What We Did

A pioneering, purpose built facility in central Lancashire, the Ribblemere Perinatal Unit is an ambitious refurbishment project with a focus on interior design and arts integration. Situated on the Chorley and South Ribble Hospital site, the new unit will offer inpatient accommodation to mothers and babies from Lancashire and Cumbria. An in-depth user engagement process was undertaken to capture views and input from mothers with lived experience, and clinical staff. This involved interior design and theming workshops, leading to the theme of rivers, meadows and natural landscapes. Artist Stella Corrall was commissioned by the Trust to develop bespoke artworks for the scheme, building on this natural narrative.

The finished scheme exemplifies a sense of calm and space, with light neutral finishes and pale wood tones creating a Scandinavian aesthetic. The gentle pastel colour scheme used in feature walls, artwork and furniture is appropriate for adults and children alike, with a sense of softness that adds to the uplifting and calming feel. Working within a live hospital building presented some challenges, which were overcome with a coordinated design approach, and the dark existing internal environment was remedied with large new windows, glazing, and bright ‘daylight’ lighting. Bespoke furniture throughout ensures the scheme is functional and robust, and designed specifically for this particular service user group. Artwork is also integrated throughout the scheme, from the main reception, dayspaces and shared areas, through to bedrooms and en-suites.

 “The thought and hard work that has gone into Ribblemere MBU is nothing less than amazing. The whole service has been coproduced with mums with lived experience- from the artwork and design right through to the recruitment of staff.”

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 “So proud of this facility and everyone involved in making it happen. It is going to make such as positive different to so many lives.”

Heather Tierney-Moore, CEO, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust