Jul 8, 2021

Blossom Court named Building Project of the Year

Blossom Court named Building Project of the Year.

Blossom Court, our new mental health inpatient building for St Ann’s Hospital, has been named Building Project of the Year over £10m in the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2021. The awards recognize the very best of the construction and built environment industry from across London and the South East.

In presenting the award the judges commented: “The project was design led, and both the skill of the architect and the intelligence of their client led to an imaginative re-think of care – prioritising independent access to outdoor space to promote patient wellbeing and reduce pressure on NHS staff.

“Consultation and collaboration with all stakeholders, including staff and patients, has transformed a failing healthcare institution into an open and inclusive environment where even security fencing has been designed out. This sets a new standard for mental health design and build, and has already reduced the need for physical restraint to allow staff and patients to focus on recovery.

“The end result showcases how we can create environments that have a positive impact on the lives of human beings through working together and thoughtful design.”

Submitted in collaboration with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and building contractor Integrated Health Projects, the project will now compete later in the year, with regional winners from around the country, for a national Constructing Excellence Award.

Commenting on the award win, Ruairi Reeves (Director at Medical Architecture) said: “This is a great example of the success achieved with great teamwork. The commitment from the project team delivered a building which promotes recovery, and benefits the health and wellbeing of both patients and staff. Extensive communication, intensive engagement, and exhaustive testing and refinement of prototypes during the earlier design stages made a real difference to the outcome.”

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