Stage 1 will enable us to restore the buildings that are most at risk and build new where this is required.
Hospitalfield will become an excellent place for artists to develop their work and we will open the garden and garden buildings to the public year round. Visitors will be able to see the restored fernery, experience Nigel Dunnett’s design for our walled gardens and spend time in the new glazed café tucked in to the sheltered south wall of the gardens.
Stage 2 will focus on the restoration of the house and collections and enable us to build a new reception and collections study centre. This building will include a bespoke gallery for the Arbroath Breughel the Younger paintings.
Caruso St John Architects
Nigel Dunnett Studio – landscape design
Simpson & Brown
Morham & Brotchy
Hospitalfield’s Future Plan includes capital investment; restoration and conservation to make the existing facilities fit for purpose and fully accessible and the development of new facilities will be essential to the sustainability of the organisation both financially and creatively.
In 2013 Hospitalfield selected architects Caruso St John to work with us to interpret our brief. A highly experienced design team has been developed around them as we work together to achieve a balance between new building and the restoration of the delicate heritage. In 2016 we appointed horticulturalist and landscape architect Nigel Dunnett to work on the re-design of the historic walled garden. Whist the Allan-Fraser’s removed all references to the medieval building, the walls of the garden remain the same walls that were first built in the 13th century. The brief therefore to the landscape architect is to develop a design that will tell 800 years of garden history, the period over which this land has been cultivated as a garden.
The quality of the design is vital to the Future Plan as we strive to create additional new buildings on an ancient site alongside the important Victorian architectural gem that is Hospitalfield House. We will draw the site together as a working campus, allowing specific activities to take place in many locations. This degree of flexibility will provide ‘space’ between the public-facing activity and the research and production that is the essential environment for our residency and learning programmes. It is this approach; the development of a series of internal and external ‘rooms’ and spaces, each with different qualities and specific intended uses, that will serve our aims well in to the future.
Read more about the Future Plan in our PDF leaflet…