Designing better mental healthcare facilities

COVER STORY: Mental health construction has evolved

Over the last decade, mental health construction has seen a remarkable transformation, with innovative new approaches making facilities safer, more comfortable, and tailored to individual needs. From anti-ligature measures to personalised bedrooms, the focus has shifted towards providing patient-centred care in a calming, supportive environment.

Darwin Group says a key driver has been the increased use of technology – ‘from advanced monitoring systems to assistance technology like hearing loops and visual aids’ – enabling staff to monitor patients more effectively and provide tailored support. The ‘next exciting phase of this evolution is already underway’. Pioneered by collaboration between Darwin Group, Safehinge Primera, and Medical Architecture, and supported by specialist suppliers, Modern Methods of Construction are ready to further enhance mental health accommodation. Darwin Group is committed to using MMC to deliver facilities 60% faster than via traditional construction, with improved quality due to complete control over the design, manufacturing, installation, and fit-out processes.

These facilities are designed to last a minimum of 60 years, with wall structures that exceed the ‘Severe Duty’ rating for hard and soft body impact. Via BREEAM and PassivHaus principles, and reducing waste to less than 1%, they will also support the NHS Net Zero carbon goals. Darwin Group said: “With MMC set to push the boundaries even further, the future of mental health accommodation looks brighter than ever.”

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