Thunderbirds BookBench

BookBenches for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Location: Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Client: Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

We were commissioned by Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, the largest and busiest children’s hospital in the UK, to create a series of BookBenches themed around space and space adventures.

Playful designs

Calling upon some of our most experienced sculpture artists, designs needed to transport children, their families and hospital staff to ‘outer space’.

Making people smile and providing a spectacular place to sit, the resulting benches are inspired by books, fictional characters, films and observatories – from Star Wars to Horrible Science, and from Jodrell Bank to Thunderbirds. They are installed in the wards and out-patient units.

Far-reaching results

ITV’s Thunderbirds Are Go character Virgil (pictured) visited the hospital to meet some of the young patients recently. He stopped by to admire a classic sci-fi bench by One Red Shoe art duo Fiona and Neil Osborne.

Estelle Carmichael, Director of HR and OD, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, said: “A huge thank you on behalf of RMCH, our patients, their families and our staff, for leading and co-ordinating the RMCH BookBench project.

“We are thrilled with the benches and it has been just wonderful to see the kids and adults queuing this week to sit on the benches!”