The ACT government has hired four artists for enhancing public spaces at the new critical services building of the Canberra Hospital expansion project in Garran.

Art consultant Creative Road helped in selecting artists for the $1.8m (A$2.67m) Canberra Hospital expansion project.

In addition to Creative Road, artists will work with architectural partner BVN and hospital delivery partner Multiplex over the coming months.

The partnership will enable artists to further develop, refine and finalise their art for installation in the new building.

The artwork will be featured in the main public corridor, internal walls and emergency department paediatric spaces as well as the outdoor courtyard and green space.

ACT government Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith said: “The Arts Strategy for the Critical Services Building aims to enhance the delivery of healthcare services and contribute to a healing and inclusive sense of place for our diverse Canberra community.

“The artwork under development will consider the needs of a diverse range of people who move through the hospital setting, including being dementia-friendly and considerate of people with sensory disabilities such as autism.

“As people move throughout the new building and surrounds they will be able to enjoy unique spaces where they can gather and reflect on their well-being journey in a more comfortable and supportive environment.”

New artists will also be hired from First Nation over the coming months to create artworks for the building’s Welcome Hall.

The Welcome Hall will serve as the new focal point of the hospital campus and will include the new main reception.