£50m patient-centred mental health unit opens in Sunderland

20-Oct-2014

Development completes final stage of £60m investment in modernising services south of the River Tyne

A new £50m recovery-centred mental health campus has opened in Sunderland.

Designed by Medical Architecture and constructed by Laing O’Rourke, Hopewood Park was commissioned by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and is located in Ryhope.

Hopewood Park has been designed with care to support service users and it will be a real pleasure to see how this new building and its staff will help people achieve their goals on their journey to recovery

The development, on the site of the former Cherry Knowle Hospital, completes the final stage of a £60m investment in modernising services south of the River Tyne and follows the completion of a new dementia care centre in Sunderland last November.

Hopewood Park is a 122-bed inpatient facility for adults, providing psychiatric intensive care (PICU), acute assessment and treatment, complex care and stepped care services. The new campus provides a safe recovery-centred environment with generous and relaxing places to appreciate views to the North Sea coast and surrounding landscape. Urgent care wards with safe enclosed gardens are paired for efficient staffing and these, along with the PICU, share common therapy, amenity and support in a prominent civic-scale facility, the Barton Centre, at the heart of the development.

The project sets new benchmarks for quality, therapeutic environment and long-term value in modern mental health accommodation.

Patients have access to therapeutic outdoor spaces

Patients have access to therapeutic outdoor spaces

Inspired by the place and the name of the area, Ryhope, which in ancient language describes a riven valley cutting sharply through the landscape to the sea; the concept is reflected in the development of the architectural form, place making, landscape and wayfinding strategy.

The design concept is formulated, simulated and realised through the use of advanced multi-disciplinary 3D building information modelling (BIM), with links to components from the construction supply chain.

Good design adds immense value to NHS mental health services and to local regeneration

James Duncan, the trust’s deputy chief executive, said: “Hopewood Park has been designed with care to support service users and it will be a real pleasure to see how this new building and its staff will help people achieve their goals on their journey to recovery.”

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Paul Yeomans, project director for Medical Architecture, added: “We get huge satisfaction in working with service users and staff through years of engagement, design development, sleepless nights and inevitable compromise. Hopewood Park illustrates how worthwhile this effort is. Good design adds immense value to NHS mental health services and to local regeneration.”

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