Young Persons Healthcare Centre
The Young Persons Resource Centre named 'Everybody' is a new centre for young people aged 14-24 in Blackburn town centre. The centre offers a wide variety of confidential services supporting young people's health and wellbeing all under one roof.
Colour has the ability to stimulate positive emotional reactions, thereby promoting the conditions for recovery. Every colour stimulates us in a different way and consequently can be used to make an environment feel less intimidating. This project for Blackburn and Darwen PCT NHS has explored just this in order to create an uplifting and calming environment to enhancing wellbeing.
Working with Lime Arts the project sought to improve wellbeing through the built environment. The project was initiated last November by a one day healthcare workshop with Blackburn College in which young people played an active part in the design of the new facilities. The workshop included creating a full scale model of the waiting room which enabled young people to fully visualise the space and walk through it. The workshop process conveyed that young people felt colour could help to create a strong visual identity to each healthcare waiting room space.
The resulting environment the Everybody Centre situated within the new Barbara Castle Way Health Centre in Central Blackburn is a fresh and welcoming space with each private consultation waiting room taking its own colour identity enabling young people a choice dependant on their mood.
The accompanying reception area and waiting room, carry through the colour palette of the pods with bright cues present within wall decoration and seating. The fun nature of the environment has been designed to appeal to young people and help remove the stigma associated with hospital environments.
View from waiting room in to outside courtyard, we worked on the Architectural design to form large floor to ceiling windows
The waiting room interior is subdivided by the seating allowing patients choice
Shelving light feature to calm patients and improve wellbeing
Colourful furniture to break up and sub-divide the waiting room
Consultation and waiting rooms are defined by colour, both from the inside and out to give each room its own identity. We worked on the View from waiting room in to outside courtyard. We worked on the Architectural design to create the hexagonal rooms.
Models designed by end users in initial workshops
Worskhop video showing how the design the of the Everybody Centre took shape
Simple ways to generate ideas.
Prototypes for light features.