Sponsor: Green Blue Urban
Horatio’s Garden, Scotland
Designer James Alexander-Sinclair
Suppliers Craigmarloch Nurseries, Deepdale Trees, The Fraser Bruce Group, Timberplay Scotland,
WH Malcolm Construction Services
Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates and lovingly cares for gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading garden designers develop the stunning sanctuaries for patients and their family and friends, creating an environment that becomes an integral part of their lives and care while spending many months in hospital. Scotland’s Horatio’s Garden has transformed the view from the wards and communal rooms. The planting encourages birds, butterflies and bees, adding a dimension of interest for patients. A stunning courtyard garden has become the heart of the spinal unit, giving an oasis of calm in the clinical environment. Sheltered pods allow use in bad weather while outer therapy gardens allow patients to grow plants and vegetables. There is also an area for children to play during long visits.
"The sublime construction of this beautiful garden, which now forms a major part of the spinal injuries unit at the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Glasgow, was completed with the contractor’s customary care, precision and the absolute attention to detail that is so essential when patients are recovering from spinal injury. However, this Special Award is made by the adjudication panel in recognition of the tremendous amount of additional work, over and above the contracted element, that has been ‘gifted’ to this project by the contractor to extend the potential of this beautiful environment beyond the original scheme so that patients have an even greater chance of a positive outcome. This is community engagement at its very best."