Official launch of the new Activity Space and Sky Garden at the Royal London Hospital

Two new spaces that bring together creativity, play and healing have been created at the Royal London Hospital. This million pound project is the result of a RIBA competition to design an indoor play space and an outdoor garden for the new Royal London’s Children’s Hospital that harness the healing power of art and play. Formally known as The Ann Riches Healing Space, the activity space has been designed by architects Cottrell and Vermeulen and designer Morag Myerscough, who worked together to create a vibrant, oversized living room, filled with Alice in Wonderland-scale objects.

The activity space was funded by charitable donations from insurers OdysseyRe, Newline Group, Advent and Riverstone (all Fairfax companies) facilitated by Barts and The London Charity, and the outdoor space was funded by charitable donations from construction group Skanska. The spaces aim to provide young patients with a new healing environment, a world away from the hospital ward.

The new Royal London Hospital was officially opened on 27 February by Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty has a long association with the hospital and the east end of London, and this was her sixth visit. During this visit, the Royal party toured the children’s hospital including The Ann Riches Healing Space and the children's dining rooms designed by Morag Myerscough. Her Majesty unveiled a plaque in the ground floor atrium to mark the official opening.