I like the open nature of the building. It is light and airy and has a real sense of ease and flow. The coffee area is a real hit and I have enjoyed sitting there having meetings as well as experienced the buzz of a large event when people come out and hang out between sessions.
It has helped me feel like spaces for learning can be high-tech and a modern environment. Often learning occurs in dingy areas which do not give a sense of worth and importance. The events we have hosted there so far have in part been successful due to the environment being welcoming, fresh and new.
– Gabrielle Richards, Professional Head of Occupational Therapy and Lead for Social Inclusion and Recovery, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Great, full of space and light. Feels safe for families, children and vulnerable adults. It gives a feeling of endless possibilities for learning and creative expression. This is a first I think for the leading mental health institution in the world.
– Penelope Doué, Peer Led Recovery Project Manager and Peer Support Project Coordinator , SLaM / Maudsley Charity
I think the building welcomes creativity and has a relaxing atmosphere. It feels calm, and provides more space away from the busy hospital for creative thinking.
– Jenny Milne, Supporter Relations and Engagement Manager, King’s College London and King’s Health Partners
The ORTUS has a style and sensitivity to its surroundings that stand up well in comparison to other venues – and the terrace view of London’s skyline is beautiful. Its clean lines and open interior make it easy to locate meeting rooms. The previous training centre was mainly for staff use and somewhat inward looking in layout and design. It was difficult to access and confusing to navigate. This is a leap forward in form and function.
– Lorcan O’Neill, Acting Head of Communications and Media, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust