An award-winning landscape company has designed and constructed a new landscape for St George’s Hospital in just a matter of weeks.
Bowles & Wyer had just five weeks to complete the project after a conversation with the CEO of St George’s Hospital Charity. The company created a new landscape for the entrance of St George’s Hospital in London, thanks to the NHS fundraising completed by Sir Captain Tom earlier this year.
The design team at Bowles & Wyer quickly created a new design for a Wellbeing Garden, acting as a green refuge within the hospital grounds and bringing both staff and patients closer to flora and fauna. The landscape has two distinct zones – a formal seating area just outside the hospital entrance with resin-bound gravel paving, surrounded by bright and cheerful planting, as well as more secluded seating further down the site, which is nestled amongst naturalistic woodland planting.
Construction works involved landscaping the ground, laying pathways and paving, clearing areas ready for planting, contending with waterlogged terrain and increased pressure on supplies due to COVID-19. Just over three weeks later, the final touches were being prepared – undertaking extensive planting and laying the new turf.
Bowles & Wyer offered its design and planning services at pro-bono cost, with the works themselves at below commercial margin. Suppliers also offered discounts and donations and delivered within short deadlines.
CEO of Bowles & Wyer, John Wyer comments: “We’re really pleased to have been given the opportunity by St George’s to be involved in this project. Our purpose as a business is to enhance lives and landscapes and this scheme goes to the heart of that. Hospitals are all about improving people’s health and wellbeing and we want to demonstrate the really important role that landscape can play in that. Above all, we want people to feel they are in a garden – to take a deep breath, relax, and to feel some interaction with the natural world.
“This project wouldn’t have come about without the drive and commitment from the staff at St George’s, from the hospital management and St George’s charity right through to the nurses who helped plant the bulbs. We also couldn’t have done it without the very generous support of many of the suppliers involved.”
Works are now completed at St George’s Hospital and the new landscape will be unveiled on national television next week. The build will be featured on the Lorraine show on ITV on Monday 30 November, followed by the final reveal on Tuesday 8 December.