Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

The inspiration for the lighting design concept stemmed from the vision that The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice had for future care of patients and their families. Their aim was to bring 21st-century hospice care to the people of Glasgow and provide a major step forward in the provision of palliative care services, providing the flexibility to develop and improve services and lower age limits to include 16-year-old patients and their families.

The hospice is the first in the UK to follow the Sengetun model of care, which has placemaking at the centre of its approach. This innovative state-of-the-art Scandinavian design puts patients and families first and provides space for privacy, dignity and compassionate care for all ages.

It is based on research that shows the aesthetic design of a healthcare facility has a measurable impact on patients’ wellbeing. The idea is to offer patients the quality of life they deserve, in a place that looks and feels like home, and where the clinical and medical assistance sits firmly in the background.

The controls specification was originally a wired specification but the design team was struggling to make this solution work mainly down to budget restrictions. The project kept coming under cost constraints so Atelier Ten proposed the Casambi wireless solution to the electrical subcontractor, in order to save costs. From a functionality perspective the solution could more than meet the previous wired specification; a leading-edge circadian lighting control system, that reflects the natural, cyclic rhythm of daylight was implemented. It has a proven impact on patient wellbeing and has provided the personalised flexibility needed for patient living quarters.

Holders provided all hardware and project commissioning services to the PPWH and received great feedback from Anne Hattie, Director of Operations PPWH. ‘‘The Lighting control system is great in that patients can control their own environment. It’s about setting the right mood for how that person is feeling. The training from Holders to use the Casambi system has proved very beneficial. We had initial training sessions and then refresher sessions as more users became involved in the building.’’


Lighting Design by: Atelier Ten

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