Graham has won the contract for a £53m mental health facility in Liverpool.
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust appointed the contractor to build the facility in Mossley Hill, in the south of the city.
The new inpatient building will feature 80 single bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms instead of the shared dormitory style traditionally used in mental health facilities.
Plans for the new development were approved in 2022 and the former hospital buildings – which were deemed no longer fit for purpose – were demolished in February.
Salford-headquartered demolition contractor Connell Brothers carried out the work and recycled about 95 per cent of the salvage, with elements of the former buildings crushed for reuse on site as future building fill materials for the new facility.
Trust chief executive Joe Rafferty said: “Work is well under way at Mossley Hill so we can give the people of Liverpool what they need – the very best care in a modern, therapeutic environment with single ensuite facilities, and easy access to gardens and open space.
“Our current inpatient estate had been identified as a limiting factor in service users’ recovery. More than that, by delivering better buildings, we’re also setting newer and higher standards in mental healthcare for everyone.”
The new facility has been designed by architect Gilling Dod.
The UK’s Ministry of Health has announced that £53 million has been allocated to the development of a new mental health facility in Liverpool.
The facility, named the Graham Centre, is set to provide mental health assessment, treatment and research for adults and children and is part of the government’s Mental Health Investment Plan. It marks one of the largest investments in mental health services in the North West of England in recent years.
The Graham Centre is being set up by the Liverpool PCT in partnership with the Department of Health and mental health charity Graham. It is set to feature a range of state-of-the-art facilities – including a range of inpatient units, day care units, an outpatient clinic and classrooms, allowing a range of mental health services to be provided to the local population.
The development of the facility is designed to improve the mental health services available to adults and children in the region, increasing access to high-quality care, while also helping to reduce the NHS’s reliance on expensive private mental health providers.
During the announcement, Grahame Morris, the Labour MP for Easington, said: “We welcome the news that the government has committed to this substantial mental health investment. Too often mental health has been overlooked, and this level of commitment to the development of a new mental health facility in Liverpool is a positive step towards tackling this problem. We look forward to the work beginning in the new year.”
The facility is set to begin construction in the new year, with the hope that it will be open by 2021. This is an exciting step forward for mental health services in the region and will undoubtedly lead to positive outcomes for adults and children in the region.