Frontline NHS staff can pause for thought at two tranquil courtyards developed at Royal Stoke University Hospital.
The wellbeing areas have been created so hardworking health professionals have the space and facilities to enjoy a quality and restful break.
The works were funded through donations including contributions from the Denise Coates Foundation and the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal.
Broxap worked with Stoke-on-Trent based contractor Trenton Construction on the project for the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM).
The courtyards, which were previously not in use, are now open at the Lyme and Trent buildings at the Royal Stoke site.
Broxap supplied and installed three cantilever style canopies with curved edges. A fixed square parasol tensile structure was also part of the order.
The white canopies were mounted on steel structures which were powder coated Goose Grey.
These complemented eight Litchard steel framed benches with comfortable iroko timber slats and an Anthracite Grey finish.
Both courtyards have been finished with beautiful paving and landscaping.
It is hoped the little pockets of peacefulness will help to rejuvenate and refresh staff before they return to the demands of clinical life.
Lisa Thomson, director of communications and UHNM Charity, said: “I am delighted that UHNM Charity has been able to fund the opening of this fantastic new facility for our staff who continue to work tirelessly in challenging circumstances. The courtyard will provide our staff with the opportunity to spend time in a peaceful and tranquil environment, away from their normal clinical setting, improving their mental health and wellbeing.”
Broxap is extremely proud to support the NHS. This project in particular was a privilege to work on as the Royal Stoke hospital is vital to the care and wellbeing of our own workforce in North Staffordshire.
Ro Vaughan, director of human resources at UHNM, added: “It’s vital our staff have the opportunity to switch off and rest, especially whilst we continue to see through the pandemic within our hospitals.”