KLC Students Design New Staff Area for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.


KLC Diploma HE Applied Interior Design students were given a project to create a new staff lounge for the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The Trust provides acute and specialist healthcare in North West London for around 1.5 million people annually.

KLC feels very passionately about this project as it aligns perfectly with our 'Design Changes Lives' initiative that ensures the design impacts people's lives and wellbeing for the better. It is also exceptional as the winning students' designs were realised. This outcome benefits students studying with KLC as we try to make course projects as authentic as possible.

The Winning Project Design

After carefully judging all student groups presenting their designs, the winning submission was selected from the student group Studio Panacea. In this group are Diploma students Corinne Anthony, Christopher McGinness, Leah Reid, Chella de Bay, Samantha Uzzell, Lizzie Nudd and Kim Dixon.

The design of the new staff lounge space aligns with the Trust's fundamental values by providing a kind and restful space for workers, including expert knowledge of function and design and offering collaboration, shared expertise and feelings of aspiration through colour and form.

The concept of the new flagship staff lounge is "Dawn".

The new staff-only space will be transformational for the hospital's workers, and 'dawn' directly embodies the transformation from night to day and is symbolic of rebirth and reawakening. This concept inspires the creation of a sanctuary where hospital workers can rest and re-energise with privacy and a sense of wellbeing.


Charing Cross Staff Room Renovation and Implementation:

One year down the line, Studio Panacea's new staff lounge area design has now been implemented in Charing Cross Hospital by the NHS Trust. It is an incredible reflection of the standard of work students are producing on their course to create realistic, accurate, practical designs that are professional enough to be implemented.

KLC Principal, Jenny Gibbs OBE, shared her thoughts on the news of Charing Cross Hospital implementing the student's design,

 "Students recently had the opportunity to work on areas in two Imperial Trust hospitals where tired and stressed NHS staff could take some time out and re-group. This real-life project resulted from KLC's long-term links with Taylor Howes whose charity Rest Nest has been working closely with Imperial Trust. The selected designs have now been installed, and the results are a perfect example of how design can make a difference. At KLC we are, I think, rightly proud of our close industry links and our reach out policy to our local community."


An exciting update regarding the winning design is that development will soon be taking place at Hammersmith Hospital to roll out this new staff lounge.

Well done to all involved, and thank you to the Trust for this incredible opportunity to allow our students to design spaces that will directly impact people's lives.


KLC’s Diploma HE Applied Interior Design Course: Validated by the University of Sussex

If you are interested in KLC ‘s Diploma Applied HE Interior Design Course, the upcoming intake is September 2022 or January 2023.

The course is a highly intensive course packed with extensive practical study time, constant direction from tutors, and enhanced contact with career staff and industry experts.

Favoured by career changers, this rigorous programme - covering residential, commercial and hospitality design, equips students with an array of creative, professional and in-depth technical skills, which enable them to gain employment as interior designers in leading design practices.

Learn more here: https://www.klc.co.uk/courses/interior-design/full-time-courses/diploma-he-interior-design-full-time/