‘Leaf Room’ garden exhibition to welcome visitors at Ninewells


Ninewells Hospital in Dundee is to host a colourful exhibition showing off all the innovative designs which were put forward to create a landmark timber structure in their community garden.

The exhibition will run from Monday 14th March to Friday 29th April and will feature in the main entrance of the hospital.

The winning design, by the Voigt Partnership, is called ‘The Leaf Room’ and was chosen last November. Construction of the nature inspired timber room is expected to begin this April.

Kevin Lafferty, health advisor with Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“A range of partners are working closely with Ninewells to make the most of the woodlands and greenspace surrounding the hospital.

“Part of this project is the development of a community garden space which creates a safe, accessible and inclusive environment for patients, visitors and local people.

“The new Leaf Room building will be a fantastic centre piece and showcases Scottish timber at its best.”

The exhibition panels will highlight the various designs put forward by architects and give an artist’s impression of what the new Leaf Room will look like in situ.

The building design competition is a partnership project involving forestry Commission Scotland, Ninewells Community Garden, Health Facilities Scotland, Architecture & Design Scotland and BSW Timber Group.  The competition itself was promoted through the Dundee Institute of Architects.

A key part of the competition was to promote how Scottish timber is an ideal and eco-friendly material to be used in all kinds of buildings.

Laura Hainey of Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) added:

“We were very pleased to support the Ninewells Garden Room Design Competition and that the winning "leaf room" design will be built from sustainable Scottish timber.

"This project has enabled a community health organisation to access a wealth of architectural ideas to find the best solution for their site, very fitting for the Year of Innovation Architecture and Design."

Sarah Griffiths the Garden Facilitator for Ninewells Community Garden expects the new building to be very popular with patients, staff and the community, she said:

“We had a great response to the competition and the standard of the final submissions was extremely high, making choosing the winner even more difficult.”

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.