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Birmingham New Hospitals Project - Mental Health Unit, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Tuesday 14 Oct 2008

A bright future for Birmingham National Mental Health Services

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A groundbreaking £70 million hospital development, designed by healthcare architects Nightingale Associates. 

Opened by the comedian and former psychiatric nurse Jo Brand, and Alan Johnson, Secretary of State, this prestigious development captured the hearts of its visitors as they explored the vibrant and uplifting facilities. Saturated in natural light, adorned with bold artwork and exposed to beautiful landscapes, the colourful design creates a safe and therapeutic environment for staff and service users.

A benchmark for modern mental health services, the new Barberry, Oleaster and Zinnia buildings cater for the most specialist aspects of mental health, including neuropsychiatry, eating disorders, those triggered by motherhood and those alongside deafness.

Created around the BSMHFT’s new model of care, the Trust praised the scheme for its successful blend of privacy and dignity for patients, along with the flexibility of design. Nightingale’s architects were not able to achieve this without the unyeilding participation of the hospital’s clinicans, staff and most importantly service users, all providing insight into unique features which have made the design intensely personal to those involved.

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