Light Clock, Royal Derby Hospital

We were commissioned by Derby NHS Hospital Trust to design, fabricate and install a landmark pedestal clock as part of their £334 million development. With care at the heart of the NHS and our own closeness to the history of Derby, we created a clock that symbolised both aspects.

Florence Nightingale is famous worldwide as the “Lady with the Lamp”. She is also famous in Derby after her correspondence with Dr William Ogle of Derbyshire Royal In rmary in 1860, when it was rebuilt along the lines suggested by her to reduce mortality rates.

Our dedicated team designed a contemporary pedestal clock, creating a 7m column with 3m sculpture in stainless steel, with LED illumination to bring the feature to life. The lighting effect represents the cycles of change and renewal that are all part of life.

The timepiece also refers to the passage of time, of human frailty and remembrance of the past. As it tells its story of time, the clock serves as a beacon; the shimmering effect of the warm and cradling light after dark suggesting compassion and reassurance.

LED lit crown and hands, constantly rotating
Stainless steel mechanism
Precision rotation and timepiece mechanisms
Accuracy greater than1/100th sec, with power failure back-up
Waterproof and season protected for exterior use
Located in the main Royal Derby Hospital entrance landscaping

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  • Client
    Derby NHS Hospital Trust
  • Location
  • Country
  • Designer
    Smith of Derby
  • Size
    Height 7m, Sculpture height 3m
  • Materials
    Stainless steel and LED illumination
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