Onsite preparations begin to create C&I’s new mental health hospital in Highgate

New hospital plans - west elevation

Plans for C&I’s new mental health hospital are taking shape as its builders BAM, prepare for demolition and construction work to begin.

The development, to replace the ageing inpatient wards at St Pancras Hospital, is part of the Trust’s wider estate redevelopment plan, which will help enable delivery of its clinical strategy, by creating modern, sustainable buildings for mental health care.

The brand new hospital, with five wards across three floors will be located opposite the Trust’s existing HighgateMental Health Centre, enabling the two hospitals to work together as a single campus to improve the way that clinical cover is organised and how facilities are managed.

Co-designed with service users, carers and staff, the new building will offer a range of facilities which are not possible to provide at St Pancras Hospital – including single en-suite bedrooms, quiet spaces, a family visiting room, a sports hall and access to outdoor space from each ward to support overall wellbeing.

Angela McNab, Chief Executive, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust said: “Co-production has been at the heart of this project, ensuring that the voices of people with lived experience are included in decision-making, every step of the way. By working together, our service users, carers, staff, and so many other key stakeholders, have helped our architects to design an outstanding new building, modelled for mental health care. It will give our staff the facilities they need to rest and provide the best possible care, and our service users the dedicated spaces they need to recover.”

Jackie Smith, Chair of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation said: “I would like to thank all of our stakeholders for their ongoing support, which has enabled the project to reach this stage. Once built, our new hospital will support many local people to recover in a modern, therapeutic facility. We know that buildings can contribute towards the stigma associated with mental health care and we hope that the new environment, created in close collaboration with service users and carers, will help to change those perceptions and encourage more local people who need mental health support, to seek the help they need.”

Kevin Mahon, BAM’s Construction Manager for the major healthcare scheme, which was procured under the Government’s Procure 22 route, said: “We bring a very experienced team to this complex scheme. We realise how important this is to people around the hospital, and we know how important it is for providing the highest standards of future healthcare.

“BAM is behind many of the most complex and sophisticated buildings in London and we know we need to bring our skills, experience and sensitive approach to the people, the location and the building itself. There will be plenty of challenges to come but the secret of creating great buildings is the strong partnerships we form.”

Construction work is due to begin this winter and complete by 2023.

For health and safety reasons, the ramp leading to Dartmouth Park Hill is now closed and there will be no public access to this route throughout the construction phase. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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