Northgate Hospital, Morpeth, Northumberland, UK

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust

Lead Consultant, Architect and Landscape Architect


Completed February 2013

Project description:
Tyne is a new and specialised low secure forensic learning disability unit on the Northgate Hospital site providing long term continuing care, treatment and rehabilitation for men who have a learning disability. Forensic Learning Disabilities are one of the most challenging and resource intensive services in the NHS. Tyne provides a high quality secure and protective setting that fosters well being and challenges old stigmas. The new environment offers service users, who may have very challenging behaviour, the opportunity to lead a ‘life like any other’, enjoying gardens, daylight and views. Staff can also work in safety with facilities and equipment to hand.

The new Tyne Low Secure Unit building is split into four flats, each with six bedrooms and communal day space. Each is made up of two identical square blocks of patient accommodation with a central element in between that houses shared patient space along with entrance and staff facilities. The central element acts as a pivot allowing the building to sit comfortably on the site, addressing the Tweed Unit and the main approach road. The gap between the wings gives long views to the wooded area beyond.

“The development of this scheme will deliver a significant improvement in the quality of care through the provision of more discreet living units to reflect the different needs of this group of patients. The development will contribute to achieving one of the Trust’s strategic objectives of providing first class care in first class environments.” Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

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