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.