Bingley Grammar School

Students assist in designing the Children's Wards at the BRI

Earlier this month a class made up of students from each year group took part in a creative consultation session with Gilling Dod Architects, the Interior designers involved with the BRI’s new Children’s Wards.

Our students were asked to comment and give ideas for the proposed teen/adolescent room which will be a space for patients to spend time away from their beds whilst staying on the ward.

The hospital is keen to make the room feel more ‘grown up’ and our students had taken part in consultations last year to discuss the proposed area.

During this session the group discussed patterns and images which they considered to be ‘cool’ or ‘uncool’ and created mind maps based on what they would like to see in the room.

The students were then asked to choose some samples and pull together their ideas in the form of a mood board. The groups came up with very sophisticated ideas and Mrs McKane was extremely impressed with the wide range of styles and colour palettes used as well as the interactive elements discussed.

Jo Kember from Gilling Dod said of the group,
“The students were a pleasure to work with and had some fantastic ideas.”

Mr Brown, Yr 7 Student Support Officer added,
"All the students were very enthusiastic throughout the session. They had some excellent design ideas. I am sure that there will be lots of elements that will be utilised in the new wing at Bradford Royal Infirmary."

There will be two more sessions running where the group can expand on their ideas and work towards a final design. The first of which is on Mon 21st March followed by another date in April (TBC).

As a school we are proud of our involvement with the new Children’s Wards and our part in shaping the look and feel of the space for future patients. At the beginning of the year, as part of our work with the BRI our Yr 7 students raised an amazing £4000 which has been donated to the children’s ward and will be spent on making the wing and the individual bed spaces feel comfortable and welcoming.

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Creating mood boards

Choosing materials 3

Mood board 4