Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, UK

Laing O’Rourke with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Lead Consultant
Health Planner
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect


Completed 2009


  • Design and Health International Academy Awards 2011: Highly Commended – Best International Mental Health
  • RIBA Awards 2011 – Shortlisted Finalist
  • Guild of Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards 2010/11: Winner of Best Public Health Building and Winner of Winners
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards 2010 – Winner of Best Social Care Design

Project description:
Rose Lodge is named after local resident, Rose Hedley, who led a 20 year campaign for community access to much-needed mental health support in the local area. It is a 12 bed specialist short-term inpatient assessment and treatment centre for working-age adults with a range of learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Due to the nature and complex needs of the patient group, our design was developed to discretely address the 3 specific and specialist types of care provided. It creates an environment that supports and enhances healing whilst ensuring that staff can work effectively. The interior design reflects a balance between clinical function and social purpose with building layout zoned allowing the staff wing located behind the feature spine wall, and 3 wards wrapping around the other three sides of a central courtyard.

“The incredible amount of planning and interaction undertaken with all stakeholders is clearly reflected in the success of the finished building. Rose Lodge is now the benchmark on how we develop and deliver future projects in the Trust.”
John Carson, Capital Development Manager

Rose Lodge achieved an Excellent NEAT rating and an NHS Achieving Excellence Design Evaluation Toolkit (AEDET Evolution) assessment also achieved a top score.

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