The £50m redevelopment of Northgate Hospital, Morpeth, brings together all of the Trust’s secure services from currently dispersed sites, consolidated into a single integrated secure centre of excellence. It was one of the first projects of the New Hospital Programme to start construction after successfully navigating the complex NHSI business case route.
Designed around the concept of a ‘village campus’, the new medium secure hospital at the heart of the development, offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor settings for relaxation and activity, to provide a meaningful day for patients. These settings range from bedrooms to living spaces, and sheltered gardens to open courtyards, with opportunities for both structured and unstructured activity and sports. A key aspect of the design of the environment has been to relieve boredom and lower the risk of challenging behaviours and poor physical health.
Although the project is currently under construction and will be significantly built by the time of the conference, the presentation will focus on the project’s complex journey and highlight key aspects of the design:
• balancing the needs of security against the competing demands of a therapeutic environment;
• explaining complex design issues in simple and easy to understand diagrams;
• rethinking the design of key spaces to mitigate boredom and promote activity;
• the importance of a strong concept when budget pressures build;
• making the landscape design work to its full potential and its importance in the daily lives of patients and staff.