Toronto, Canada

Plenary Health

Architect and Clinical Planner


Completed PPP bid 2009

Project description:
The Centre (CAMH) is the largest mental healthcare and research facility in Canada.  Built originally as a Provincial Asylum in 1849, CAMH evolved to an institutional campus of administration and patient-care buildings creating an internalized environment for clients and staff alike.

During the 1990’s Medical Architecture contributed to conferences as CAMH developed a vision in create an urban village which would integrate addiction and mental health care into the community and in turn providing a more normalized treatment environment. By extending the existing grid of city streets surrounding the site, the hospital’s new buildings will be located on different city blocks dispersed amongst other non-CAMH mixed-use buildings, built over the next 12 to 15 years in three phases. This vision became known as “The Alternate Milieu”.

The second phase of this development comprised the redevelopment of ambulatory and inpatient facilities as a PPP. MA were engaged by Plenary in conjunction with PCL to provide consultancy advice during the design development.  The shortlisted team comprised B+H Architects with STH as healthcare planners. Medical Architecture supported the design team presenting the design narrative and articulating the benefits to service users and staff.

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