IBI Group submits planning application for new therapy hub

New unit planned at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London

The therapy hub will be built at The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in London

IBI Group has submitted a planning application 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 for people with profound disabilities arising from brain injury.

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

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The refurbishment will transform the outdated facilities to improve patient privacy and promote independence by providing better day spaces, bedroom areas and improved access to the new therapy hub.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 facility 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. Its 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.”