The permission – approved by Islington Council’s planning committee on Tuesday 23 June – marks another significant milestone for our St Pancras Transformation Programme.
As well as providing the best possible environment for patient recovery, and the spaces and facilities our staff need to rest and provide the very best care, our two hospitals at Highgate will work together as a single campus, for example, to improve the way that clinical cover is organised and how facilities are managed.
The new, purpose-built facility, with five wards, a gym, dedicated activity spaces and a community café, will replace the mental health inpatient wards at St Pancras Hospital which are ageing and no longer fit-for-purpose.
Malcolm McFrederick, St Pancras Transformation Programme Director said: “Our new building has been designed to fully support recovery and wellbeing in a modern, therapeutic and non-stigmatising setting. It will offer single, en-suite rooms for all, access to outdoor space from each ward and other spaces to support our service users during their hospital stay – such as activity space and a family visiting room.
“I would like to thank all of our service users, carers, staff and other stakeholders who have worked with us, every step of the way, to co-design the new hospital. We appreciate all the time and effort that has been committed to creating the very best mental health inpatient facility, for local people who rely on our care.”
Akin Durowoju, Project Director at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, leading the new build said: “The new building tackles many of the challenges we currently face at St Pancras Hospital. This includes important issues such as accessibility and sustainability. The new building will be fully wheelchair accessible, environmentally-friendly and sustainable. From solar panels, green walls and brown roofs to support eco-diversity, we are taking the opportunity to do everything we can to become a greener NHS and protect our climate.”
Subject to approvals from NHS Improvement, the Department of Health and Social Care and HM Treasury, onsite construction will begin in winter 2020.