Recent CQC reports identified that the Trusts’ existing mental health inpatient facilities at St Ann’s Hospital were no longer fit for purpose. The wards were not built for mental health care and were in very poor condition. Various other buildings on the site had become vacant following a strategic relocation of services to the part of the site being retained by the Trust. The project required consolidation of the site and the disposal of land surplus to NHS requirements for housing. We first developed the brief through an intensive stakeholder workshop process, organising visits to other facilities and facilitating exchange of knowledge with other NHS Trusts. We then created a coherent vision for a new health campus and its future development.

The new inpatient building accommodates four mental health wards over two storeys. Designed around a standardised layout to provide long-term flexibility and efficient staffing, each ward encloses its own private courtyard. Through careful planning both storeys are configured to provide safe, direct access to outdoor space. Designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’, we created a strategy of biodiversity to create a therapeutic setting, which emphasises physical wellbeing by promoting a healthy lifestyle with good access to daylight, exercise and views of nature.

The facade features a simple palette of good quality brickwork and generous sized windows. The courtyard layout provides private and discretely secure space for patients without the need for fences or walls around the building’s perimeter. In doing so, demanding functional requirements are incorporated inconspicuously to create a normalised environment. The building is designed to integrate with the surrounding community, to foster pride and de-stigmatise the mental health services being provided.

“The new facilities at St Ann’s mean that instead of having some of the worst mental health wards in the country, Haringey patients and our staff now have some of the best.” – Andrew Wright, Director of Planning and Partnerships, Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Tottenham, London

Mental Health, Eating Disorders

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

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Completed 2020

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