Macmillan Renton Unit: Sculptural Furniture

Arts in hospital Full time by Peter Southall. Image Paul HighnamMacmillan Cancer Support commissioned Willis Newson to contribute to the creation of a welcoming, restful, uplifting and distracting environment in the Macmillan Renton Unit (MRU) in Hereford.  “Absolutely lovely new space, particularly the garden,” writes a visitor in the Unit’s Comments Book.

The new unit is a partnership between Macmillan and Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust and replaces an existing building, providing an integrated cancer care and information service. 

We developed a public art plan following engagement with stakeholders, initial ‘visioning workshops’ with staff, patients and visitors and consultation with the design team.

The plan aimed to enhance points of arrival and public spaces and to encourage use of the garden. Working with Fira Landscape Archtiects two main artists were commissioned. 

Emma Waller produced surface glazing treatments for the main reception and waiting areas and ran a workshop in which patients and staff created wireframes for glazing panels now hung in a linking corridor. 

Contemporary furniture designer Petter Southall has crafted beautiful external sculptural seating made from Herefordshire oak, for a courtyard garden. 

We also placed donated prints from local artist and cancer patient Jean Miller and commissioned a single glass panel from another local glass artist, Tamsin Abbott

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See photos of the project on Flickr