Large scale capital projects, whether to fund the purchase of items of equipment, or to enhance the care environment for patients, are frequently of strategic importance to Trustees.
The £1m committed to the major development project at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital will be directed mainly at the complete renovation and refurbishment of “The Hive”, a Grade ‘B’ listed Victorian Church building which serves as a hospital community centre for patients and their families. Plans for “The Hive” include a café, games area, sanctuary, art room and the creation of a flexible performance space.
In addition, the grant will support a range of smaller projects, developed by the patients, their carers and staff, including play and exercise areas in the hospital grounds, wayfinding, and shelters across the site for activities such as storytelling, crafts and outdoor cooking, topographic artworks and permanent installations.
“The redevelopment of the Hive will create a vibrant centre to the site masterplan complimenting existing clinical activities with social and community events. We hope the enhancements made to the building with the help of ELHF will allow use to extend beyond current inpatient work to support wider community and campus activities by extending opportunities for performance and arts projects.”
Royal Edinburgh Hospital Redevelopment