Studio Polpo have worked on a number of projects for healthcare related charities and organisations in Sheffield. Our work has often focused on improving clinical and institutional spaces through the introduction of natural materials and daylight.
We have worked with the Cancer Support Centre to revitalise and refurbish the entrance spaces and well other parts of the building such as treatment rooms.
The Centre, which offers counselling, therapies and information to cancer patients and their relatives, is a charity that looks to offer its services in a domestic and warm environment, distinct from the more clinical atmosphere of the hospital. We worked closely with the client and to implement a strategy that enhanced this feeling by introducing natural materials, including UK-grown timber for new joinery; a greater degree of daylight and transparency in foyer areas; low-energy light fittings and a new colour scheme. Existing doors, fixtures and fittings were re-used and adapted wherever possible and works were carried out whilst the centre was in use.
We have also worked with staff at the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity to re-plan their offices, previously housed within a dark, cluttered space within the hospital.
Our fit-out scheme opened up the space, allowing staff views to the outside & increased opportunities for natural ventilation, as well as creating a meeting room, small reception area and built-in storage, with natural materials and non-toxic finishes. We also designed and fitted a series of bespoke desks and external signage for the space, made at Chopshop CNC.
Most recently, Studio Polpo carried out a feasibility study for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for a potential extension to the Palliative Care Unit, at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital site. We worked closely with staff to investigate how visitor facilities (including overnight stay space) might be improved, as well as how a garden room and other ancillary spaces for use by both staff and patients might work.
Our approach to these projects has been featured in 'Future Healthcare Design' book by Sumita Singha, and published by the RIBA.