The £242m redevelopment project is now set to transform the experience of both patients and staff. Its core is a new secure hospital, built next to the existing facility, and due to open in 2017. The 234-bed complex will contain 16 wards, as well as a physical health center, family visiting suite, therapy and education rooms and a multi-faith center. Its layout has been designed to enable greater levels of patient independence, reducing the need for long periods of observation and ushering by staff. This in turn will allow greater focus on therapeutic activities, providing a boost to patient recovery and well-being.
Working closely with the main design and build contractor, Kier Construction, WSP is providing civil, structural, building services and geo-environmental consultancy services to this wide-ranging project. It also includes delivery of a 1.5km access road, landscaped gardens, car park and secure perimeter fencing as well as eight brand new buildings and four refurbishments.