Hospital reception design

Environment graphics and digital illustration

Gt Ormond Street Hospital
A great reception

Patients, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) came together on Friday 9 May 2014 to celebrate the opening of the hospital's spectacular seascape-themed main reception.

The new area was designed with the help of children and families to offer a warmer welcome to visitors, and includes a reception desk shaped like a pirate ship, a revolving rock pool floor projection and a 60ft mural created by Sable&Hawkes, featuring shoals of colourful fish drawn by children staying at the hospital.


Over 100 children and young people who took part in workshops all over the hospital led by artist Isobel Manning, in which they painted the fish which, when designed into the mural, represent the number and diversity of patients at GOSH.

Once drawn, we undertook the process of designing the undersea environment the children’s artwork would inhabit, creating the supporting graphics for that environment and then selecting and scanning the individual paintings that were to feature in the finished design. We also commissioned the print and managed the installation process. 

The resulting piece celebrates the creativity of the patients of Great Ormond Street and gives their work a real prominence in the new main entrance.