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Green Hospital Infrastructure
and Outdoor Healthcare

Project Summary

Fit for the Future is developing a new approach to health-care delivery through connecting people and nature. It aims to create green infrastructure which is fit for the future – good for people and good for the planet.


What will we do?

This innovative project involves two schemes. The first scheme is a ground-breaking, green infrastructure project with University Hospital Llandough. This will create an outdoor healthcare and rehabilitation facility based on an area woodland and meadow next to the hospital. Patients, staff and the local community will help design and build this facility over the next 2 years. This is an ENRaW project and has been funded by through Welsh Government and EU RDP programme.

The second scheme is involving people in the design of a new cancer treatment hospital in Whitchurch, Cardiff. This aims to be the most sustainable hospital in the U.K. The design will use natural materials and sustainable construction methods. This will enhance the well-being of patients and enhance biodiversity. The hospital will be co-designed with patients, staff and community. The proposed plans for the new Velindre Cancer Centre (nVCC) involve allocating 60% of the site, to remain undeveloped. This phase of the project will run for one year.

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How will ‘Our Health Meadow’ at University Hospital Llandough look?

The Proposal is to enhance and develop a 7-acre field adjacent to University Hospital Llandough into an Outdoor Therapeutic Healthcare Facility, comprising predominantly landscape features but also a small “Therapy Centre” building. The therapeutic outdoor activity will include the development of the site landscaping and construction of the therapy facilities, as well as the enjoyment and maintenance of the site, (using Down to Earth’s tried and tested inclusive construction method, with benefits in education, health and well-being and community engagement.)

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