Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

Lead Consultant, Healthcare Planner, Architect and Interior Designer


Completed 2008

Project description:
The project combines the partial refurbishment of an existing Victorian building housing the former Bamburgh Ward and an element of new build to create two modern, streamlined units – a 7 bed adolescent Learning Disability Unit (LDU) and 14 bed adult Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The historical buildings were built in the austere style typical of the Victorian age and date to the late 1800s.

A two storey building strikes a balance between the service integration requirements and practical, economic organisation of existing and new buildings on the site. Generous access to external courtyards provides attractive views and aids in orientation while internally, organisation is driven by the need for good observation, safety, security and the social model that carefully graduates territory and orders well-lit space to reduce stress. A new, slate-clad entrance makes attractive use of the historic frontage and materials retained during demolition.

Service users benefit from modern, safe, de-stressing yet secure wards that offer privacy and dignity in an attractive and friendly environment.

“Our service users come to us in the peak of crisis and they now have an environment which promotes calm and will aid recovery thanks to the design of this building. The number of incidents of violence has dropped a staggering 90% since the move.”
Rachel Weddle, Ward Manager, Greentrees PICU

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