The HRH Duke of Gloucester officially opens The Redwoods Centre, Shropshire
The centre provides a total of 112 single-bed rooms, for acute psychiatric patients, those with ‘organic’ mental health disorders (due to a medical or physical disease), and those making the transition back to the community.
The aim is to create a home from home for people using the unit. As well as the residential rooms there’s a central ‘street’, with a café, shop, bank and pharmacy.
The welcoming central entrance building, gentle landscaping and deliberately ‘domestic’ architecture couldn’t contrast more strongly with the intimidating, neo-gothic 19th century hospital they replace.
Roof lights and windows throughout the single-storey clinical accommodation ensure that patients get plenty of sunlight to help their recovery.
Building for the community
We used local labour wherever we could on the project, and involved local schools to benefit the wider community.
As part of a local history project, we took a group of primary school children on a tour of the site and organized a quiz for them.
Impressively, BAM brought the construction in £1 million under budget.
The team that delivered Redwoods were also singled out for the Project Team of the Year prize at the first ever Design for Mental Health Awards, organised as part of the Design in Mental Health Conference in July 2014.