Y Bwthyn Macmillan Palliative Care Centre

Y Bwthyn Palliative Care Centre
We are working with Macmillan Cancer Support, Cwm Taf University Health Board, KKE Architects and garden designer Olivia Kirk to create a calming and restful environment for patients and staff at the new Y Bwthyn Palliative Care Centre which is due to open on the Royal Glamorgan Hospital site in early 2019.

The arts programme is harnessing the talents and skills of artists to:
• Create welcoming entrances, homely day spaces and peaceful quiet spaces for relaxation and reflection 
• Celebrate nature through colours and imagery Connect people to places and things they hold dear, creating spaces which support the needs of patients, families and staff

There are 6 commissions for artists within the arts programme:

1. Designs for external screens and glazing
2. Entrance feature walls 
3. Inpatient feature walls
4. Celebration of the history of Y Bwthyn
5. Changeable photography for patient bedrooms
6. Changing display unit for the Day Unit 

Artist Commissions

Designs for Screens and Glazing
Artist Nicky Hirst has been appointed to create bespoke designs for the metal screens that circle the new centre as well as for the floor to ceiling glazing throughout the new unit.
Feature Wall
Artist Kate Bond has been appointed to create an entrance feature wall artwork which will greet you on arrival at the Centre, providing a reassuring, homely and welcoming entrance.
History Wall
Heather Parnell and David Mackie are going to be working with the community of Y Bwthyn – patients, carers, staff and friends – to create a display area exploring and retelling the history and story of Y Bwthyn.
Inpatient Feature Walls
Partnering with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Surface Design Course, we have appointed 4th year Surface Design student Anna Bruce a commission to design work for the inpatient unit.
Photography for Patient Bedrooms
Bespoke picture shelves in patient bedrooms will enable patients to display their own pictures and photographs, or chose from a collection of photographs of local views, landmarks and nature created for Y Bwthyn.
Day Room Display Units
A furniture maker will be appointed to create a bespoke display area for patients to exhibit artwork they have made in the unit.


The facade is an efficient modern skin over the top of the existing structure, made of powder-coated aluminium and glass which will be easy to keep clean.