Building work finishes on PFI project for mental health and learning disabilities

MAAP Architects has unveiled its £75m mental health facility at St Luke’s Hospital in Middlesbrough, which Builidng reviewed in early March.

Roseberry Park, the largest mental health project recently constructed in the UK, was delivered under PFI by consortium members John Laing, Laing O'Rourke, WSP Building and Desco.

The facility comprises 312 inpatient beds for mental health, learning disabilities and forensic services for adults and older people.

The design focuses upon the individual patient experience, breaking down the accommodation into a number of ‘houses’ arranged around large activity gardens and courtyards to create an architecture of enclosure without fences.

Mungo Smith, MAAP director, said: “The challenge on a project of this size is to make an environment that is safe, legible and user friendly. The integration of architecture, art and landscape offers a range of experiences to support people in various stages of treatment and recovery.”