Forbo keeps purple in the picture

FEBRUARY is the month we associate with love. Although the obvious colour that may spring to mind when we think about Valentine’s Day is red; red roses, red hearts and pink champagne, in fact, purple is perfect to be paired with this month as it is indicative of devotion, healing abilities, loving, kindness, and compassion [1].

With purple representing healing and power, it’s not surprising it played a part in Sunderland Royal Hospital’s A&E refurbishment.

The existing emergency department building previously housed both the adult and paediatric services, however to make the environment more welcoming for children, the refurbishment has seen the creation of two separate entrances.

The children’s paediatric ward has been clearly defined by the use of six bright colours from Forbo Flooring Systems’ Marmoleum Marbled collection – including purple.

Adrian Evans, associate at P+HS Architects designed the department. He said: ‘All the flooring throughout the ward has been specified in a neutral palette, apart from the paediatric waiting area, where we wanted to use vivid colours to differentiate from the rest of the department and to create a more child-friendly environment.

‘Marmoleum Marbled was used in circles and swirls in various colours across the waiting area, set against a neutral sand-like colourway named Barbados.

‘The patterns have been created using Golden Saffron, which has orange and yellow tones; alongside the starkly contrasting Scarlet red; the deep purple Summer Pudding; the fresh lime Spring Buds and finally the sea blue Laguna shades.’

The Sunderland Hospital project is proof that flooring in hospitals doesn’t have to be dull or boring and a splash of colour can make all the difference.
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