IBI Group submits planning for new Therapy Hub

IBI Group, a globally integrated design and technology firm, has submitted planning for the provision of a £1.8m Therapy Hub and ward refurbishment programme at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN) in Putney, South West London.

Set within a picturesque estate comprising an impressive Grade II-listed building, The RHN was founded in 1854 and is the oldest independent hospital and medical charity in the UK. It provides rehabilitation and long-term care to people with profound disabilities arising from brain injury.

The RHN appointed IBI Group to help make the most of their existing estate to allow them to enhance the full range of therapy activities and further enable patients to complete their rehabilitation journey.

IBI Project Architect, Jenny Dunphy said:

“Our architectural and interior plans form part of a phased upgrade of the hospital’s existing estate. We have been working closely with the team at RHN to deliver an environment that will significantly enhance the patient experience and support staff to provide the best possible care for people living with neuro-disability.”

The Brain Injury Service is located in the hospital’s Drapers Ward and is dedicated to patients who require rehabilitation and short-term residential care. The refurbishment will transform the outdated facilities to improve patient privacy and promote independence by providing better day spaces, bedroom areas and improved access to the new Therapy Hub.

The new, state-of-the-art Therapy Hub will help people with brain injuries experience rehabilitation, such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy, in a modern, high quality environment. The design will provide an active zone including a gym and a calming zone comprising one-to-one therapy areas and a sensory stimulation area. Filled with natural light, the spaces are planned to help patients to feel comfortable and relaxed during their therapy sessions.

Lynn Cunningham, Chief Operating Officer, at the RHN said:

“We are delighted to be working with IBI Group. Their experience in healthcare and their willingness to totally embrace our vision has been exceptional. The collaboration between IBI and clinicians has been a perfect combination in shaping the design features.”

As a charity, the RHN is supported by their Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, Trustees and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.  In 2017, the team aims to raise £3.1m to provide the additional services and therapies needed, such as music therapy, aquability and occupational therapy art, for their patients and residents.