Following consultation with local residents, a new design has been chosen for the Maternity Unit at the George Eliot Hospital.
Residents were given the opportunity to have their say on a new design and colours for the outside of the building as part of a £700k investment to modernise and refresh the maternity unit.
Doreen Sadler, Engagement Manager at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, explains: “We had an unprecedented amount of interest from local people who preferred the ‘Bluebell Fields’ design. The colours of this have been tweaked by the artist following resident feedback, and we’re all absolutely delighted with the final option.”
Kevin McGee, Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who voted on a design for the maternity unit. Over 1000 people took the opportunity to have their say; this level of interest demonstrates the great affection local people hold the maternity unit in, and the service provided by the staff working in it.
“Our job now is to ensure we bring the building into the 21st century and provide an environment worthy of the fantastic care provided by our maternity staff. After years of uncertainty over the future of maternity care at the George Eliot, this modernisation marks a new chapter for the service”
Sarah Piper, Operations Manager for the Maternity Unit added: ““Through the decision making process we also got some good feedback about the services, and it’s clear that the maternity unit is close to the hearts of the local population.
We are delighted with the new design, and look forward to a fabulous future.”
Local artist, Alisha Miller, put forward all the designs for consideration.
Alisha said: “I was absolutely thrilled to have been asked to be part of the design process for the Maternity Hospital. As a professional public artist it has been a dream job to work on a large architectural project which is very close to my heart.
“From the five designs I created for the public consultation I always felt the curve design was the most dynamic, eye catching and most representative of the building. Curves and circles hold and embrace us, curves represent femininity. The curve also softens the imposing nature of the large rectangular building creating a beautiful visual image.”
“I am so pleased that from the five designs voted for by the public, option number 3 “The Curve”, was voted the clear winner. “
Work will commence in September this year.