Jan 4, 2012

Roseberry Park wins twice at the RIBA Northern Network Awards 2011

Roseberry Park Mixed Ext Finish

Celebration as Roseberry Park wins twice at the recent RIBA Northern Network Awards. The new mental health campus in Middlesbrough received a Gold Award and was named the North East’s Project of the Year with RIBA Hadrian Award, given to outstanding schemes in region. Eric Carter, RIBA North East Regional chair said:

The jury consider this scheme to be an exemplar of its type and were particularly impressed by the way the architects had manipulated the design to reduce its significant bulk into recognisably human scaled spaces. The integration of the landscape into the design is particularly well handled and the quality of the environment must contribute to the user’s wellbeing.

Roseberry Park is set a parkland landscape and designed as a therapeutic environment to support recovery and wellbeing. Series of gardens, each with their own sense of place and scale, provide a variety of sensory experiences for all users from the child visitor chasing a grass-hopper to the frail, elderly patient with dementia reminiscing in the herb garden. A free-flowing interrelationship between secure accommodation and safe garden landscape was achieved by innovative building and landscape layouts that invert the traditional mental health model presenting numerous opportunities to enhance the healing process by visual or physical interaction with the generous landscape. The 312-bed building is broken down and laid out in a sequence of inter-connected spaces, moving from a civic scale at the boundary of the site to single, en-suite bedrooms. This results in recognisably scaled spaces that respect dignity, privacy and help support recovery.