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Sancta Maria Hospital | Swansea

Holistic health and wellbeing promoting landscape

Sancta Maria is a private hospital which will relocate to a purpose-built facility in Swansea Innovation Quarter. This area was once part of the working docks but has been regenerated for housing, offices and light industry.

The site had been cleared, leaving only scrub vegetation, exposure to sea breezes and a perimeter bank. The buildings, by CODA architects, were positioned to make the most of the water views and south-facing aspect, but the proposed car park and urban realm offered little in the way of softness in a very hard streetscape.

Our response was to include a small garden, with salt-tolerant seaside species, which could be used by staff and visitors, but also enjoyed by local residents, many of whom are elderly. The hospital welcomed the idea, seeing it as an opportunity to reach out to its new community and to promote health and wellbeing.

Key features

  • Health and wellbeing promoting landscape for hospital users, visitors, staff and local community

  • Salt tolerant planting scheme to thrive in coastal conditions
  • Softening of a hard streetscape

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