A dedicated unit for teenage cancer patients at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Around six young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK, and the Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to ensuring that they are treated as young people first and cancer patients second. The Trust’s specialist units within existing NHS hospitals offer specialist care and support, but also aim to replicate a teenager’s life outside, considerably improving quality of life and survival chances. This ward at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge intentionally makes a move away from the conventional hospital environment and creates a welcoming space for young adults living with cancer. Located on the ninth floor of the hospital, the facility has treatment rooms for 10 inpatients in addition to outpatient services.
Following the success of Orms’ ‘Skypod’ project for the Trust in Cardiff, the team were once again commissioned to design the new ward. The concept is for an ‘internal pavilion’ within the ward space, bringing light and colour into the confined hospital setting. The design is focused on aiding the healing process and draws on the bespoke design aesthetic of a boutique hotel to produce a fresh yet restful atmosphere. Pod-like spaces provide privacy and more domestic settings where needed, while feature walls, LED light features and decorative in-built seating inject colour into the space.