Designing better mental healthcare facilities

Work underway on £105 million mental health unit in Manchester

Work on a new, ‘state-of-the-art’ £105 m adult mental health inpatient unit, to improve mental health care and facilities for patients, is now underway in Manchester.

North View is a 150-bedroom specialist unit set to provide much-needed space and modern facilities for adults with mental health needs from across Manchester, expected to be is built and open in autumn 2024. The steel frame superstructure is approximately 75 per cent constructed, and is due to be 100 per cent complete by mid-September this year. The facility will  help improve the region’s mental health services, and ensure service-users can access the care they need in an environment designed to enhance and aid therapeutic recovery.

Once the new buildings are open, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will provide the clinical services there. The building itself is part of an exciting vision for North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) to improve health and wellbeing for local people over the next 10 to 15 years. It will replace the Park House mental health unit, which currently serves as the inpatient unit for the area, but will be built in an alternative location on the hospital site – allowing the new development to be fully constructed without disturbing current patients, and the day-to-day operation of services.

Significant improvements to patient experience will include spacious single bedrooms, each with an en-suite shower room, a variety of indoor activity areas, meeting rooms for family visiting, multiple gardens, spaces for therapeutic artwork, and a café.

North View has also been designed as an all-electric healthcare facility to support the NHS goal of becoming Net Zero, and will utilise heat pump technology to provide heating, cooling and generate hot water. The building will also incorporate energy-efficient materials throughout, and roof-mounted solar power.


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