Machynlleth's newly-refurbished community hospital is expected to be complete in the spring, Powys Teaching Health Board has said.

The health board says work on Bro Ddyfi Community Hospital is "progressing well" with most of the floors having been laid, various mechanical and electrical fixtures fitted and internal decoration under way.

Some of the planned internal decorations include a number of art fixtures, such as a large-scale artwork in the main waiting room, a series of illustrated poems and phrases that will be displayed throughout the hospital and a sculpture at the building’s main entrance.

The artworks were chosen from a list of submissions sent to the hospital when it first requested art works for interior decorations by a panel of stakeholders that included Powys Teaching Health Board Project Manager Louise Morris, Dr Sarah Bradbury Willis of Dyfi Valley Health, Lead District Nurse Eleri Jones and Lucinda Bevan, art and health co-ordinator at the Oriel Gallery.

The shortlisted artists were interviewed before being appointed to their commissions.

Tasked with creating a sculpture for the front entrance is Jim Bond, a sculptor specialising in kinetic installations and structures

Jim’s proposal for Bro Ddyfi Community Hospital aims to incorporate Welsh slate and copper, referencing the strong historic links to Machynlleth.

The written poems and phrases proposal that caught the judges eye was that of Gemma Green-Hope and Di Ford.

Gemma is an animator, director and illustrator while Di is a multi-disciplinary artist, with experience working in the community art sector, theatre and schools.

The Pembrokeshire based pair will lead workshops in Machynlleth and develop these into either a new piece of writing or a compendium of writing, which will be incorporated into the interior of Bro Ddyfi Community Hospital alongside some illustration to pair with the written word.

The large-scale artwork designed to go in the main waiting room will be designed by Erin Hughes, an artist living and working in Mid-Wales.

Erin creates hundreds of her own hand-marbled papers which she uses as her palette to construct collages that emulate the traditional craft of Pietre Dure, an intricate inlay technique.

Through community workshops she hopes to explore a range of different approached to making marbled papers, inspired by images of Machynlleth’s landscapes, that will then be incorporated into the final artwork.