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Willis Newson: Bristol Heart Institute

An award-winning public art scheme that saw the integration of a series of artworks within the newly-built Bristol Heart Institute.

Name of Organisation:

Willis Newson Arts Consultancy Client: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHB)

 

Title of project/programme:

Bristol Heart Institute

 

Dates of project/programme:

2007-2009

Summary

This is an award-winning public art scheme that saw the integration of a series of artworks within the newly-built Bristol Heart Institute.

In 2007 Willis Newson was commissioned by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust to deliver a public art strategy for the new £61m Bristol Heart Institute, designed to be a regional centre of excellence for cardiac care.

Working closely with the Trust, project architects CODA, and the builders Laing O’Rourke, Willis Newson managed the development of a public art strategy for the new building, opened to patients in spring 2009. Eight stunning integrated artworks are the result. These range from a suspended sculpture in the atrium and an entrance lighting commission, to works for the ceilings of patient bed lifts. The programme aimed to support the patient’s journey through the building and to create a sense of local ownership and pride. The artworks contribute to wellbeing by making the hospital environment feel less institutional and clinical, but no less functional. This project won the Building Better Healthcare Award for the Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare 2009

“… the artworks integrate really well with the overall building design. The process we went through to deliver them was also exemplary in terms of working together and this was a major factor in the success of the project.”

(Dave Leverton, RIBA, Regional Design Leader, Laing O’Rourke)

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