Steel frame nearly complete on new psychiatric facility
North View is set to open early next year
Work is underway to create a new adult mental health inpatient unit in Manchester.
North View is a £105m, 150-bedroom specialist unit set to provide much-needed space and modern facilities for adults with mental health needs from across Manchester.
Work started in August 2022, with the new unit anticipated to be built and open in autumn 2024.
And recently the construction team revealed the steel frame superstructure is approximately 75% constructed and is due to be 100% complete by the end of this month.
Designed by Gilling Dod Architects and being constructed by Integrated Health Projects, the unit will help improve the region’s mental health services and ensure service users can access the care they need in an environment designed to enhance and aid therapeutic recovery.
Once open, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will provide the clinical services operating out of the new development.
The building itself is part of an exciting vision for North Manchester General Hospital to improve health and wellbeing for local people over the next 10-15 years.
It will replace the Park House mental health unit, which currently serves as the inpatient unit for the area, but will be built in an alternative location on the hospital site. This will allow the new development to be fully constructed without disturbing current patients and the day-to-day operation of services.
The facility will see significant improvements to patient experience, with spacious single bedrooms, each with a private en-suite shower room, as well as a variety of indoor activity areas, meeting rooms for family visiting, multiple gardens, spaces for therapeutic artwork, and a café.
And North View has also been designed as an all-electric healthcare facility to support the NHS goal of becoming net zero and will utilise heat pump technology to provide heating, cooling and the generation of hot water.
The building will also incorporate energy efficient materials throughout, and roof-mounted solar power.