Livingston Eyre were part of the competition-winning design team for this new adult mental health unit. The brief of balancing security with a home-like environment, whilst remaining in keeping with the parkland setting, was adhered to from concept design to completion.
From the drop-off area, a welcoming reception affords views into the sculpture garden beyond. An inner ring of courtyards is used by all four wings. Some of these are places where trusted patients can relax with visitors, whilst a garden filled with sensory planting and sheltered seating extends the therapy rooms outdoors.
Each wing has its own courtyard, devised as a social space for group activities, as well as a small garden that is more private and contemplative. Both are obscured from outside view, their secure boundaries carefully hidden using landform and planting.
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–with: David Morley Architects and Hall Black Douglas Architects for: Southern Health and Social Care Trust status: completed 2008
–Best Design for a Mental Health Building Building Better Healthcare Awards 2008 Civic Trust Awards Finalist 2009