Location
Highgate Hospital, London, UK

Client
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Role
Architect

Value
£1.200,000

Status
Completed 2010

Project description:
The Low Secure Unit (LSU) was designed to provide medium term inpatient rehabilitation to service users experiencing severe mental illness following an acute phase. The emphasis is on rehabilitation and reintroduction into the community. The Unit will form part of a mental health service at St. Pancras Hospital that will include Mental Health Care of Older Persons, Rehabilitation and Adult Acute Inpatients.

The existing outpatient unit at Highgate Mental Health Centre was converted into a new 15 bed low secure inpatient unit on the ground floor of a two storey building currently occupied by the Dartmouth Park Unit (DPU). The first phase of the project involved the relocation of the outpatient unit to nearby accommodation.

The LSU was designed to provide 15 intimate rooms with ensuites. The first floor plan was replicated which minimised structural alterations and disruption to existing services. The Unit benefits from generous day accommodation and an activity area in the form of an enclosed outside garden.

The new Highgate Low Secure Unit provides the Trust with much needed accommodation for out-of-area patients and the potential to share the facility with other service providers and is a welcome addition to the Trust’s capability on the site.

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