Investing in our future
Through the Trust's Estate Modernisation Programme (EMP), we are making multimillion pound investments to deliver modern mental health facilities that provide outsanding new environments for our patients and service users.
EMP is one key part of the Trust's Integrated Programme which is investing in our services, people and our estate, including new and refurbished mental health facilities across Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth.
- Autumn 2022 - We will be 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'. Two new facilities, the Trinity and Shaftesbury buildings, are due to open this year at Springfield University Hospital.
- Spring 2024 - This will be followed by the delivery of the new Barnes Hospital, with a new 1500m2 mental health facility due to be complete in two years' time.
- Summer 2025 - And finally, new mental health facilities will open at Tolworth Hospital in Kingston following a two-year construction period.
This represents major innovation and investment in our local communities. By 2025 it will transform mental health services in south west London, supporting us to deliver on our Trust mission, 'Making Life Better Together'.
2022 - Delivering Trinity and Shaftesbury
In the winter our construciton partners hosted a webinar sharing the latest on the development of Springfield Village including details about the new 32-acre park, chapel square and the new housing developments continuing onsite.
As well as virtual events like this we continue to keep our communities updated regularly through the Springfield Messenger.
Through the spring months the final fit out of Trinity and Shaftesbury has been progressing at Springfield.
To celebrate the upcoming completion of the new buildings in the summer we are inviting our whole community to join us at Springfield for our Making Life Better Together Summer Street Party. We'll also be hosting a similar event at Tolworth Hospital as we look ahead to developments there in the years to come.
- Springfield: 6 July (12pm - 4pm) – tell us you’re coming
- Tolworth: 13 July (12pm - 3pm) – tell us you’re coming
At this year’s Springfield Street Party, we will be celebrating the completion of our new facilities, Trinity and Shaftesbury. During the day we will be running tours of the new facilities – sign up to a tour here. We will be closing the road in front of the Recovery College and will be having food stalls from around the world, a market place with information stands about different Trust and community services and free activities to take part in.
After a challenging few years, these events will be a brilliant chance for us to come together to say thank you to each other and celebrate, along with our patients, their carers and our local communities.
At this year’s Tolworth Street Party, there will also be food stalls from around the world and free activities to take part in. This will be the same event but on a slightly smaller scale!
All are welcome, so bring your friends, families, and colleagues! We look forward to seeing you there.
2021 - Works continued
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.
Together with our construction partners STEP and Sir Robert McAlpine, the Trust launched a new programme of activities for local schools to take advantage of learning opportunities linked to the development of Springfield Village.
This included 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.
In 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. Updates were shared on developments at Springfield Village and plans further ahead at Barnes and Tolworth.
Over the Spring we also welcomed Arts and Mental Health Charity Hospital Rooms back to Springfield. The charity is 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 workshop 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.
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 also delivered ‘Season of Creativity’ from January to June 2022 lasing over 80 workshops across inpatient, outpatient and wider services to inform 20 specially commissioned artworks created for the new hospital buildings at Springfield.
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In the Summer we announced the names for our new buildings at Springfield following our community competition launched in 2020.
The winning nomination for our new forensic building was ‘Shaftesbury Building’.
Our judging 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' came out on top with 57% of the public vote!
Thank you again to everyone who entered and congratulations to the winners who submitted these entries.
In early September we installed new hoardings at Springfield Hospital displaying artwork from local schools on the theme of wellbeing.
The hoardings can be viewed at the Burntwood Lane entrance of Springfield Hospital and will be in place until Spring 2024 when the first areas of the new 32-acre park at Springfield open to the public.Over the autumn we also hosted a series of site visits with local MPs to help them understand more about then new facilities being developed at Springfield.
The groups also 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.
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.
Trust pharmacist Abz Salama, who took part in the event and won the building naming competition, said:
“It was a pleasure to lay some of 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.”
Later in the autumn, Trust Medical Director Dr Billy Boland, and Director for the Trust's Integrated Programme Ian Garlington attended the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Barnes Hospital at All Saint's Church in Richmond.
Information 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.
2020 - Works commenced
Following final approval and a brief pause as adjustments were made to accommodate new health and safety guidance as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, work on the Trust’s Estate Modernisation Programme began at pace in early 2020 progressing into the Spring.
New structures sprouted up at Springfield and various areas of the grounds were secured to make way for modern inpatient facilities.
Our Chief Executive Vanessa and Non-Executive Director Juliet Armstrong were some for the first on site to check out the progress at Springfield on the new 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.
Staff had to opportunity to visits the site over 2020 to check out the latest progress on their new wards, including members of the team from our Lavender Ward.
Here’s what Matron, Gina and Ward Manager, Collen had to say onsite:
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 looked for nominations that:
- Reflected the history of the area/ landmarks
- Reflected the history of inspiring local people from the past or present
- Reflected a key influence within Mental Health Services (Similar to how existing buildings have been named in the past)
To find out more information on our plan to invest in new mental health services please contact us using the details below.