process - our vision
Creating Healing Spaces
Initially, our vision for the new hospital was
inspired in the main by the need to avoid the mistakes of
the past. To put the project on a more positive footing, the
Project Director first needed to address the financial situation.
The old Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital was run down and neglected
having been in continuous use for 80 years. Money for the
replacement had accumulated in an endowment started in the
1930s and added to, over the years, from the proceeds of jam
sales, coffee mornings and generous donations.
Before 1994, there had been three unsuccessful
attempts to replace the hospital, but each one had fallen
foul of NHS procedures. For though the NHS would own the finished
building, it was only able to offer the hospital a disused
area of land on which to build, but no funds to build with.
However, Jane Herbert the then new Chief Executive
of the local NHS Trust showed great courage in permitting
a medical consultant Dr David Reilly to become Project Director
and the NHS Trusts and Estates Department were prepared to
adapt to the new working practices he wished to institute.
Using beauty and healing as his reference
points, Dr David Reilly set out to create a building that
would not only have art, but be art. While ideas vary on what
constitutes beauty in art, the Design Team, following consultations
with patients and staff, looked for inspiration from the natural
world since this is universally accepted as beautiful.
“We were determined from the
very beginning that the hospital would be art, not have art.”
Dr David Reilly, Project Director