The Milton Mouse Children’s Unit at MK University Hospital is getting a makeover.
The project started with a commission from the Arts for Health team to develop a mural design for Ward 4 on the Children’s Unit. The brief was to develop a feature that would enhance the ward with minimal maintenance implications. We ran some very successful engagement sessions with staff and young patients to create river themed artwork and this was then developed into a wall ‘river’ super graphic which was installed by local sign company Chameleon on the existing wall panels along the main corridor leading into the ward.
The hospital were so delighted as were their patients that a few months later the hospital asked Cantoo to take on a much bigger scheme to help transform the entire Children’s Unit consisting of 2 wards and a day centre unit with a whole range of graphics and other associated refurbishments.
Part of the scheme included producing new layouts for the Play Area, coordinating the installation of some immersive technology as well as designing bespoke fitted furniture and specifying new loose furniture. We also helped to develop an overarching colour scheme which was used as part of the ongoing decorating maintenance programme.
The project has been delivered in phases; Ward 4 was followed by Ward 5 and now we’re about to implement works on the day centre unit, Milton Mouse, for young out-patients.
Sometimes it seems that you’ve been very quiet when in reality you’ve been very busy working on a whole series of concepts.
Milton Keynes Hospital have commissioned us to develop ideas for both the Children’s Wards as well as other parts of the hospital. It follows on from a previous commission to create graphics for Ward 4. Working with the Arts For Health team we’ve been developing a load of very exciting proposals of which the Nature Trail concepts below are a small sample of the project development.
A key challenge for the scheme is to ensure that our programme connects and integrates with the larger hospital maintenance regime as there are some interesting opportunities that can arise from that collaboration.
Our next step is to run some focus group work with young people to gauge their reaction to the current proposals as well as gather their ideas .
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The Milton Keynes Children’s Ward super graphics were successfully installed today by our signage specialists Chameleon Co. The designs were generated during a day of drawing workshops with young patients on the wards assisted by the ever enthusiastic MK Arts in Health team.
With an overall running length of 13 metres and a full wall height of 2.7m the design certainly makes a big impact when visitors first enter the ward. We used a mixture of full colour printed vinyls on the panel sections and optically clear vinyl on the glazed areas so as to allow good sight lines into the side wards.
The fish stream design was used to create a dynamic flow through the ward and provide plenty of interest at different heights for toddlers and young people. The ward has children varying in age from under 5s to 17 year olds so it was important to find a theme that was age appropriate across the spectrum. Milton Keynes has a multitude of popular gravel pit, lake and canal fishing spots so there’s a good chance that patients will recognise the fish swimming across their ward!
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