The new Acute Unit has transformed care provision for mental health patients at Springfield Hospital in Tooting.
The Wandsworth Acute Unit provides accommodation for a 10-bed psychiatric intensive care unit, an 18-bed adult acute ward and a Section 136 Unit.
Clinical support facilities include outpatients and office space for community mental health and outreach teams.
The new wards provide each patient with their own bedroom and en suite bathroom while communal spaces are light and airy with enclosed courtyard gardens.
The unit, which also incorporates a basement car park, was constructed on weak ground across a sloping site. We balanced the scheme’s cut and fill earthwork requirements, minimising the excavated material taken off site.
To reduce foundation loads and avoid the need for piling we designed the structure using a combination of reinforced concrete, steel and timber.
Recycled crushed glass was used instead of sand under external paving and a soft wood from renewable resources selected for the cladding rather than the cedar originally proposed.
The building incorporates a sedum roof and natural light and ventilation is used wherever possible.
A ProCure 21 development, the unit was delivered by Integrated Health Projects, our joint venture with Vinci Construction UK.
The unit was the second project undertaken for South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust and followed the successful completion of the hospital’s low security Phoenix Unit.
“With the Phoenix Unit and now Wandsworth Recovery Centre, the trust has facilities which, probably for the first time since Springfield was developed in the 19th century, create the therapeutic environment needed for our patients to recover.” - Dr Robert Barr, Director of Estates
The team responsible for the unit was named Best Project Team of the year at the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2009.
The new building was also Highly Commended in the Best Mental Health Design category.