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Estate Modernisation Programme latest

Get up to speed on this month's developments from the Trust’s Estate Modernisation Programme (EMP),

EMP is one key part of the Trust's Integrated Programme which is investing in our services, people and our environements, including new and refurbished mental health facilities across Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth.

EMP is delivering new mental health facilities at Springfield alongside main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine and master developer Springfield and Tolworth Estates Partnership as part of a new 'Springfield Village'. As part of this, works have been progressing at pace on the development of two new facilities, Trinity and Shaftesbury buildings at Springfield University Hospital. Set to be delivered in 2022, these will help us to deliver the most modern mental healthcare in the country.

Alongside this new and refurbished facilities are planned at Barnes Hospital and Richmond Royal in Richmond and Tolworth Hospital in Kingston.

Overall the Programme represents major innovation and investment in our local communities - by 2025 it will help transform mental health services in south west London.

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November 2021 

Labour MPs tour South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Wandsworth MPs, Fleur Anderson, Marsha de Cordova and Rosena Allin-Khan toured South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust In November visiting the Trust’s deaf service and the construction site of its new mental health facilities.

The group visited staff on Bluebell Ward, one of three national specialist deaf services in the country that offers support to deaf and blind people experiencing mental health issues. Staff shared their experiences of supporting service users during the pandemic and gave insights into the care provided.

Ward Manager for Bluebell, Jacob Stone, commented “It was a pleasure to show Rosena, Fleur and Marsha around our deaf services and introduce them to staff and service users. We’re really proud of the specialist care we provide here at South West London and St George’s and it’s encouraging to hear local leaders taking such an interest in our work.”

Earlier in the month, Trust Medical Director Dr Billy Boland, and Director for the Trust's Integrated Programme Ian Garlington attended the Annual General Meeting of the Firends of Barnes Hospital at All Saint's Church in Richmond. 

FoBH agm pic 2Information was shared on the services available in Richmond, delivered at Barnes Hospital, Richmond Royal and the Maddison Centre alongside updates on the planned development of Barnes Hospital. 

The Trust had outline planning permission approved at committee in September 2020 for a new mixed-use development as Barnes comprising a health centre and a Special Educational Needs School, supporting both education and mental health needs for the community.  The Trust continues to work with LocatED, an arm’s length body of the Department for Education, and other stakeholders to build these new facilities at the Barnes site. 

October 2021 

In October Trust staff took part in a bricklaying event to celebrate 12 months to go until the opening of two new mental health facilities, adding some of the final touches to the facade of the new home from many of the Trust's non-forensic services. 
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The ‘Trinity’ and ‘Shaftesbury’ buildings at Springfield are scheduled for completion in Autumn 2022. The names for the buildings were decided earlier this year as part of a community naming competition with members of the Trust pharmacy and forensic team submitting the winning entries. 

Trust pharmacist Abz Salama, who took part in the event and chose the name Trinity, said, “It was a pleasure to lay someof the final bricks for our new mental health facilities with our construction partners. I’m really looking forward to moving into our new home and we’re excited about what this means not just for our teams, but for the care we deliver to our patients and service users.” 

12 months to go MW SOLater in October Richmond MPs Sarah Olney and Munira Wilson also visited the Trust to tour the consturction site and find out more about the progress in developing Trinity and Shaftesbury Building. 

Commenting on the visit, Ian Garlington, Integrated Programme Director for the Trust said, “It has been a pleasure to welcome our local MPs back to Springfield to help them learn about the transformative work happening across our Trust to deliver new facilities and environments for our community.”

“Our new buildings will be home to a range of services and will deliver care to people referred to our Trust from across south west London. Scheduled for completion in just 12 months’ time, these facilities represent years of planning and hard work, and input from not just our staff, but people across our communities through over 400 consultations.”

“As we look towards modernising other areas of our estate including Barnes Hospital in Richmond and Tolworth Hospital in Kingston, we are excited about the potential that Springfield Village has to transform how we deliver care.

September 2021

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In September the first of a series of visits with local MPs began at Springfield to give a behind the scenes view of developments on our new mental health facilities. 

Sutton and Merton MPs, Elliot Colburn and Stephen Hammond, visited Trinity and Shaftesbury Building as they approach a year to go until completion. Whilst on site they als visited some of the new residential units, and  the Trust’s National Deaf Service on Bluebell Ward, meeting staff and finding out more about the 

Commetning on the visits, Vanessa Ford, Chief Executive of South West London and St George’s said, “Through all the challenges we have faced in the past 18 months, delivering the very best care for our patients has remained our top priority.specialist care provided.

“At their core, the investments we are bringing forward are about improving the lives of our patients, our carers and anyone who com

“A huge thank you to our local leaders for joining us this week and engaging with our vision to make life better together for people across our communities.”es into contact with, or works in, our services. We are excited about the future of mental health services in South West London and the long-term impact these innovations will have on the communities we serve as we work together to reduce the stigma surrounding mental ill health.  

August 2021 

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Arts and mental health charity Hospital Rooms returned to Springfield in August to lead a Summer Art School at the Recovery College. They partnered with some fantastic Wandsworth cultural organisations including Matt's Gallery, National Opera Studio, Ubuntu Museum and International Curators Forum to bring a wide variety of creative sessions to students. From watercolour and collage to singing and storytelling, the workshops provided an opportunity for people to try new things and express themselves through a range of different mediums. 

‘The Summer School was packed with colour, laughter and creativity thanks to Hospital Rooms and all the artistic teams who offered their time and expertise to make the week such a success. Music filled the rooms and the sound of people chatting away so engrossed in their artwork was a real delight in these tough times.  All the artists and staff showed great care, excitement and knowledge in their different areas of interest, creating a safe space for people to dip their toes into creative techniques they’ve never tried before. We can’t wait for our next collaboration with Hospital Rooms, when we’ll be working closely with them on the look and feel of our space within the brand new hospital currently under construction.’ Lindsay Fox and Owen Reilly, Recovery College.

Hospital Rooms will be back in the autumn with more creative opportunities for people in preparation for their ‘Season of Creativity’ in January to April 2022 when they will lead over 60 workshops across inpatient, outpatient and wider services to inform the artwork created for the new Springfield Hospital.

July 2021

Earlier this year the Trust ran a community competition to name our new forensic and non-forensic buildings being built at Springfield with a judging panel selecting the top entries.

We are delighted to announce that the winning nomination for our new forensic building is... ‘Shaftesbury Building’! 

Our panel loved this entry which continues from the name of the current building for our forensic services. We felt that this would help service users continue to navigate the new estate layout easily and provide a seamless link from the old to new look Springfield Hospital. 

For our non-forensic building, our judges were split between two choices, ‘Tota', the Anglo-Saxon name for Tooting, which has clear links to the location of Springfield Hospital, and ‘Trinity’. Tooting Bec Station was originally named ‘Trinity Road Station’, which again has close links to the Trust geographically. 

After polling our community.. 'Trinity' has come out on top with 57% of the public vote! 

Thank you gain to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners who submitted these entries - we will be in touch with you in due course to arrange a prize tour of the facilities, which are scheduled to open in 2022.

May 2021

Over the Spring we welcomed Arts and Mental Health Charity Hospital Rooms back to Springfield. The charity will be working with our community of service users, staff and carers to create the art work for our new hospital buildings over the next two years.  

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To begin this process, they visited a variety of wards during a week-long Arts Festival. Hospital Rooms led an art workshops including painting, patterning and designing.

The sessions was led by professional artists, peer tutors and the Hospital Rooms team.This was the very first step in an exciting process of co-production to ensure our new facilities are decorated in line with service user needs.

There will be a variety of opportunities for service users, staff and the community to attend art workshops and collaborate with the Hospital Rooms team in the coming months, which we will publicise through this newsletter, our social media accounts and our website.

If you’d like to get in touch and learn more, please email


April 2021

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On Wednesday 14 April, we hosted a virtual community engagement event to share more on our Integrated Programme and our broader vision for mental health services in South West London.

As part of this work, the development of a new ‘Springfield Village’ is well underway dleivering a new mixed-use community incorporating new mental health facilities and hundreds of new homes in a parkland setting. Further developments are also planned at Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital in Richmond, and Tolworth Hospital in Kingston as part of our Estate Modernisation Programme.

Since works commenced in January 2020, the construction of our two new mental health facilities at Springfield has progressed at pace. With just over a year to go until their completion, we came together at this event to reflect and celebrate all the hard work that has helped us to get to this point and share more on innovations happening across the Trust.


February/March 2021

HangoutTogether with our construciton partners STEP and Sir Rober McAlpline, the Trust has launched a new programme of activities for local schools to take advantage of learning opportunities linked to the development of Springfield Village. 

This includes work experience opportunities, a competition to design a youth  'hangout' shelter in the new park, and submitting artwork to brighten up the green hoardings on site at Springfield.


January 2021 

Director for the Integrated Programme, Ian Garlington, kicked off the year by sharing his thoughts on the progress to date in the first of a new blog series hosted here.

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December 2020

December saw the launch of a new competition inviting staff as well as patients, service users and members of the public to help us find names for our our new buildings.

We are for looking nominations that:

  • Reflect the history of the area/ landmarks
  • Reflect the history of inspiring local people from the past or present
  • Reflect a key influence within Mental Health Services (Similar to how existing buildings have been named in the past)

Find out more about the competition and how to enter here. The closing deadline is 31 March 2021. 

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November 2020

Works have continued onsite on the development of our two new state-of-the-art facilities, which are on track to be delivered towards the end of 2022.

Have a look at exactly what’s been happening recently below:


This month members of staff from our Lavender Ward also took part in a site tour to check out their future home.

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Here’s what Matron, Gina and Ward Manager, Collen had to say onsite:   


October 2020

Our Chief Executive Vanessa and Non-Executive Director Juliet Armstrong were on site earlier this month to check out the progress at Springfield on our new forensic and non-forensic buildings. Hear what they had to say about the view from the ground in this video.


 Our construction partners Sir Robert McAlpine talked Vanessa through parts of the facade and how our new inpatient rooms will be set out. 



September 2020

Following final approval in early 2020, and a brief pause in April as adjustments were made to accommodate new health and safety guidance, work on the Trust’s Estate Modernisation Programme has progressed at pace over the summer.

New structures are sprouting up at Springfield and various areas of the grounds are being secured to make way for modern inpatient facilities that are fit for purpose; giving people the best chance to recover in the best environment. The new facilities will support staff to deliver outstanding care and will be sustainable for the NHS for generations to come.

We also welcome Ian Garlington as the Trust's new Integrated Programme Director.

Find more information about the development including the latest happening onsite on the Springfield and Tolworth Estates Partnership (STEP) website: 

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