The NHS asked Ken Rand Partners to manufacture a storage wall for the activity room in the Daisy ward at the Prospect Park Hospital in Reading, where they can easily store the different board games, puzzles, music and books that the patients can use . The Daisy Ward is an inpatient mental health ward for all adults in Berkshire who are experiencing mental health difficulties in varying gradients of seriousness, ranging from schizophrenia to problems with alcohol and drugs. Therefore they wanted to install the new storage solution to be colourful to keep the vibe of the activity room light and positive. We designed a storage wall system that consists of 15 small lockable cupboards, 1 tall lockable cupboards and 3 open shelf cupboards. Another part of the storage wall are two cupboards with transparent doors, encouraging the patients to use the stereo and read books. All these cupboards together provide enough space for all the games and books that need to be stored. For the doors on the closed cupboards we used Egger laminates in different uplifting colours. Because Daisy Ward is a mental health acute hospital glass was not suitable for the transparent doors, so we opted for acrylic instead. There was a vital requirement for the storage unit to be robust enough to withstand the potential threat of attempts to break into the cupboards, so we fitted and secured the cupboards to the wall and also made sure that all the cupboards were supplied with a lock.
After the success of the storage wall in the Daisy Ward, Ken Rand Partners was contracted for a second project in the Prospect Park hospital and we are now working on the design of a second storage wall for the psychiatric intensive care Sorrel Ward in the Prospect Park Hospital