Redevelopment of Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust’s community site at 1 Lowther Road will begin this autumn.
The project is part of a wider programme to transform the Trust’s estate, creating purpose-built, non-stigmatising buildings for mental health care.
Plans to temporarily move all services from the Lowther Road site are now underway to allow us to demolish the existing ageing building, to make way for a new, modern community mental health facility.
Co-designed with our service users, carers and staff, this exciting new development will allow us to improve community mental health support for local people. It includes more consulting rooms, spaces for support groups to meet and room for our staff teams to be located together.
Dr Vincent Kirchner, Medical Director at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust said: “Improving the quality of our community facilities is a crucial part of our plans to help people with mental health problems to live well in their communities. Good community services enable people who need our support to receive help early on in their illness, reducing the impact of the illness and the need for a hospital admission.
“By redeveloping our ageing building at Lowther Road, we have the opportunity to create a modern, welcoming facility with more space. This will allow us to offer integrated services that address overall wellbeing, for example mental health and physical health, and will provide the accommodation we need to co-locate our clinical teams to join-up the care we provide.”
Throughout the construction phase, all service users will still be able to access the services they need as follows:
• The North Islington Recovery and Rehab Team – Our new community site at Regis Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 3EG. Our new facility is next to Howdens and is currently being renamed.
• Islington Assertive Outreach Team – Southwood Smith Centre, 11 Southwood Smith Street, London, N1 0YL
Although no moves will take place before 1 August 2021, to provide early notice of the pending changes, we are writing to all Lowther Road service users with full details. We envisage that building work will take around 18 to 24 months to complete.