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 and is delivering new mental health facilities 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 at Springfield University Hospital. Set to be delivered in 2022, these will help us to deliver the most modern mental healthcare in the country.
Overall the Programme represents major innovation and investment in our local communities - by 2024 it will help transform mental health services in south west London.
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.
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.
Hospital Rooms became a charity when a close friend of the co-founders was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and the hospital she stayed in was cold, clinical and not conducive to recovery. They now work across the country with artists, service users and staff to create extraordinary art works for mental health hospitals.
The Trust’s first partnership with Hospital Rooms started on the Phoenix Unit, working with famous artists like Nick Knight, Gavin Turk and Assemble as well as service users and staff to make artworks for the ward. Later they painted the outside of the Recovery College in vibrant colours and led an arts course for students that involved creating the artworks for the communal and teaching rooms.
Bringing our new village into a reality is part of our Making Life Better Together programme, working with talented people who can support us all to be the best we can and create the most responsive high quality inpatient services that are designed to deliver the most modern mental health care in the country; giving people the best chance to recover in the best environment, and supporting staff to deliver the outstanding care our service users deserve. You can find out more about the developments across our locations in south west London here.
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. In the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch and learn more, please email email@example.com.
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.
Together 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.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s what Matron, Gina and Ward Manager, Collen had to say onsite:
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.
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.
To find out more information on our plan to invest in new mental health services please contact us using the details below.
Post: Estate Modernisation Programme, Newton Building 3, Entrance 2 Ground Floor, Springfield University Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, London SW17 7DJ