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Tuesday, 02 November 2021

Trust staff take to bricklaying to mark 12 months to completion of new mental health facilities

Last month NHS staff from South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust took part in a bricklaying event to celebrate 12 months to go until the opening of two new mental health facilities in South West London, that will be at the heart of a new ‘Springfield Village’. It comes ahead of a series of events happening across November to highlight progress on innovations and developments across the Trust.

Bricklaying web articleThe ‘Trinity’ and ‘Shaftesbury’ buildings at Springfield are scheduled for completion in Autumn 2022. These new facilities will be home to a range of mental health services that will support people across the region.

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 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.” 

Abz picMain contractor delivering the facilities, Sir Robert McApline, provided a short training session for Trust staff who helped to build one of the final facades of the Trinity building.  

Alex Donnelly, Project Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “We are grateful to the NHS Staff at South West London and St George’s for their participation in this bricklaying workshop, which was a great way to share the sense of pride we have in building these state of the art mental health facilities and our common goal to serve the local community.”  

Set to open during 2022, the new facilities will provide 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 Trust staff to deliver outstanding care.

The new buildings will form part of a new ‘Springfield Village’, which will also see the development of a new 32-acre park at Springfield Hospital, as well as the development of hundreds of new homes. 

Ian Garlington, Director for the Trust’s Integrated Programme, which is delivering investments in NHS mental health services in South West London, said: “We are delighted to see our new facilities taking shape and to have the opportunity for our teams to add the some of the finishing touches. With just a year to go until Trinity and Shaftesbury open, we want to celebrate the hard work of our partners, staff, service users and patients who have helped to shape every aspect of their development. 

“We are proud to be leading the way in breaking stigma by developing facilities that will sit at the heart of our Springfield Village, alongside a fantastic new 32-acre park, supporting the health and wellbeing of our whole community.”

Find out more about Springfield Village here

Find out more about the Trust’s programme of investment and innovation here


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