A project to provide Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey with a new Mental Health & WellbeingCentre continues to make great progress.
At present, the mental health service in Guernsey is delivered from a number of different locations throughout the island; however as services change a certain degree of flexibility is required to meet demand. Once work is complete on the project, the new development will consolidate the service in one location with improved residential and outpatient facilities to benefit new and existing patients.
A key space in the new Mental Health & Wellbeing Centre will be the main entrance which has been designed and developed to become the heart of the building. The space is characterised by informal seating spaces, a service user run café, natural light from clerestory glazing and a mixture of local and service user art. Furthermore, each ward opens out to the west to secure courtyards with views to the rural landscape and beyond. There are also raised planting beds for the service users, to grow and tend plants and vegetables encouraging rehabilitation.
The new centre will include two wards – a ten bed adult ward and a 16 bed acute ward. The bedroom wings are divided by a service core to allow male and female separation, which can be further subdivided to allow for additional flexibility when required.
IBI Nightingale is the architectural practice on the project, whilst Harbour View Construction Ltd is the main contractor. IBI Nightingale has been working with the Guernsey Health and Social Services Department for the last 10 years. Meanwhile, Harbour View Construction Ltd has been in operation in the Channel Islands for over 130 years and prides itself on a team of experienced and highly skilled building professionals.
Commenting on the project, Andrew Street of IBI Nightingale, said:
“The majority of the ground floor superstructure is in place and we are shortly about to start installing the floor slabs on the first floor, in preparation for the first floor superstructure to go up. Everything has run pretty much as expected, although the weather has been interesting to say the least, especially when operating the crane. The site is very tight, so the high winds have caused a few headaches and it has taken quite a while to get the site cleared but work remains on track.”
The project has benefitted hugely from having a clinical lead on the project that has a very clear and ambitious vision for the project. The vision centered on creating a community and not an institution.
“The main benefit of this project is the fact that it will bring together mental health services under one roof. It will be a modern facility which addresses the needs of mental health patients and is an exciting project to be a part of.”