Blossom Court, the new inpatient building for St Ann’s Hospital, prioritises independent access to outdoor space for patients, to promote their mental and physical wellbeing and reduce pressure on staff. Designed for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, the building comprises three Adult Acute wards and one Eating Disorders ward, with shared accommodation including visiting space, staff rest and a multi-faith room. The building is part of our wider masterplan for the site, to create a people-focused healthcare campus.

Blossom Court is designed to address the complex needs of a mental health ward with a simple solution and an integrated approach. The four wards are arranged around two private two-storey courtyards, each with a ward on its ground and first floor. The courtyard arrangement offers private views, abundant daylight and a positive focal point for its patients.

Providing easy access to good quality outdoor space is one of the building’s fundamental design principles, a move which has taken on heightened importance during Covid-19. Both storeys are configured to provide direct access to these outdoor spaces without the need for direct staff supervision, something which was severely lacking in the previous inpatient facilities. This autonomy reduces pressure on staff, removing a potential source of conflict and frustration.

A secure enclosure is created by the building itself, with the use of large high-performance windows, removing the need for security fences typically associated with mental health accommodation. This means that there is little visually to remind a patient of their reduced freedom of movement. The building is designed to integrate with the adjoining residential development, adopting an architectural language that will complement high quality housing.

Blossom Court has been certified BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

Jinjer Kandola, Chief Executive, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “Blossom Court sets the bar high – this is how all mental health care should look and we are committed to improving the rest of our estate over the coming years, so all our patients can enjoy the quality of environment that Blossom Court now provides.”

Andrew Wright, Director of Planning and Partnerships, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “The team took a collaborative approach and really listened to service users and clinicians about the needs of our different mental health wards. The enthusiasm and vision of the team inspired us to think critically and creatively about how to best meet the environmental needs of our service users.”


Location:
Tottenham, London

Sector:
Mental Health

Client:
Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

Role:
Architect
Health Planning
Master Planning

Value:
£25m

Status:
Completed 2020