New South Glasgow Hospitals 2010-ongoing

Chris Fremantle, working as a project manager for Ginkgo Projects, has been developing the therapeutic design and art strategy for the New South Glasgow Hospitals.

New South Glasgow Hospitals project is the largest capital healthcare project in the UK currently (2011) and forms the keystone within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Modernisation Strategy. This reprovisioning will lead the way in excellent, modern healthcare provision for Scotland. Supported by guidance from the Scottish Government, the New South Glasgow Hospitals will deliver high quality designed environments.

The New South Glasgow Hospitals will deliver new state of the art healthcare facilities for a significant proportion of the population of Glasgow, and in some fields, for Scotland. The New South Glasgow Hospitals project brings children’s and adult acute services together with existing Maternity, Neo-natal and Neurosciences services on the one campus. It will also have the biggest critical care complex and one of the biggest Emergency Departments in Scotland. The New South Glasgow Hospitals are scheduled to open in 2015.

Ginkgo Projects Ltd, alongside Gillespies (masterplanners and landscape designers) and Nightingales Associates (architects and interior designers), are contracted by Brookfield Multiplex to develop and deliver the Therapeutic Design and Arts Strategy for the New South Glasgow Hospitals. NHSGGC’s Design and Healthy Environments Steering Group has overseen the development of the Therapeutic Design and Art Strategy.

Ginkgo Projects’ creative-led and evidence-based programme for this strategy seeks to clearly demonstrate best practice. The Therapeutic Design and Arts Strategy for the New South Glasgow Hospitals fully integrates the roles of designers and artists within the creation of modern healthcare environments. Working closely within the Design Team, Ginkgo Projects has developed a programme which addresses sense of place, dignity, distraction and participation. The Strategy was informed by two artists, Donald Urquhart and Will Levi Marshall, working closely with Ginkgo prior to Full Business Case. Seven core projects will be implemented during construction alongside infrastructure for ongoing programming. A number of enhancement projects are also in development.

For more information on the applying for projects:

  1. register on the New South Glasgow Hospitals project website under Suppliers > SME and indicate under ‘type of work carried out’ the area of your expertise, e.g. ‘public art’.
  2. check on Ginkgo Projects Opportunities page for briefs.
  3. subscribe to the Creative Scotland Opportunities listings.


New Adult Hospital

The plans for the complex will result in a brand new 14-floor adult hospital with 1109 beds. Every patient in the wards will have their own single room with an en-suite and Brookfield’s creative design means that every room will have excellent views of either the Campsie Hills or out onto the Clyde or Paisley and no bedroom will overlook another. Each adult general ward will have 28 single bedrooms with en-suite facilities, this will assist in addressing hospital acquired infection (HAI), mixed sex, privacy and dignity issues.

New Children’s Hospital

A brand new children’s hospital, with a separate identity and entrance, will be adjoined to the adult hospital. With 256 beds over five storeys it will replace the existing Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Stunning designs include a covered roof garden where young patients can enjoy a range of activities in the fresh air, including a dedicated children’s play park at ground level with a covered stage where they can put on theatrical productions! Brookfield have ensured a design so in tune with the needs of patients that children can even be brought out to the roof garden in their beds.

The new children’s hospital will be a mix of four-bedded and single-bedded accommodation as it’s been shown that a child’s health benefits from being around other children. The new children’s hospital will not only be linked to the adult hospital but also to the redeveloped maternity hospital.

Further information on the New South Glasgow Hospitals can be found at:

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