Medical Architecture were commissioned to design the Wandsworth Recovery Centre, a new mixed gender adult inpatient unit, for adults with acute mental illness.

The Centre provides an 18 bed acute ward and a 10 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit with community team bases and outpatient facilities. This preceded the Springfield University Hospital project on the site.

The architectural concept generated a structural grid framework within a generic building footprint that could be adapted easily for different storeys.

Ensuite bedrooms are arranged around the perimeter to provide outward views whilst day activity and living areas are at the centre allowing direct access to secure gardens. Single loaded corridors provide views to these outside spaces; good staff observation and supervision.

The inherent flexibility of the plan allows bedroom clusters to be reconfigured for gender separation and paired activity rooms can be joined together to make larger spaces, if required.

The Project has established a pattern of development based on shared objectives to strengthen the Trust as a centre of excellence and provide the best possible environment for treatment.

“Wandsworth Recovery Centre stands as a testimony to teamwork and also sets a benchmark for the future mental health facilities in the Springfield redevelopment. The Trust has facilities which, probably for the first time since Springfield was developed in the mid 19th Century, create the therapeutic environment needed for our patients to help them recover. They are the real winners from all your endeavours – thank you.”
Dr Robert Barr – Director of Estates,
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Springfield University Hospital, London, UK

Integrated Health projects (IHP) and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Lead Consultant
Healthcare Planner
Interior Designer
and Landscape Architect


Completed 2009

BREEAM Rating:


  1. Design & Health International Academy Awards 2010:
    Winner – Mental Health
  2. Building Better Healthcare Awards 2009:
    Best Project Team
  3. Building Better Healthcare Awards 2009:
    High Commendation – Mental Health Design

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