Our new £75million mental health and learning disability development in Teesside has officially been handed over to the trust, as its two year construction programme draws to a close.
Roseberry Park on Marton Road in Middlesbrough is a flagship facility which will provide mental health services for working age adults and older people, as well as treatment and care for people with learning disabilities.
It will replace the outdated St Luke’s Hospital, which has stood on the site since the late 1800s.
Roseberry Park has 365 inpatient beds, with each of the single, en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor. With a floor area of 27,000 sq metres, which incorporates internal courtyard style gardens and outdoor spaces for patients, Roseberry Park is believed to be the largest mental health project recently constructed in the UK,
The buildings have been designed to be light and airy, with spacious activity and recreational areas and access to safe and secure courtyards and gardens. Inside, photographs and artwork, chosen with help from patient groups, will adorn the walls and there will also be shared activity spaces to give patients a similar environment to that which they would have in the community. Facilities on the site include a café, shop, pharmacy, faith centre, gym and various vocational and therapy areas.
Chris Parsons, director of estates and facilities management said: “This state-of-the art facility has been designed to complement the excellent clinic care we provide. Roseberry Park is a key part of the trust’s plans to fundamentally modernise the way we provide services and is the penultimate capital development of a long term investment strategy. The building work has been completed on time and to budget and we’re just now putting in the finishing touches before Roseberry Park welcomes its first patients.”
Roseberry Park was developed and financed using the government’s private finance initiative (PFI) in partnership with a consortium led by John Laing plc.
Mike White, John Laing project director for Roseberry Park said: “This project truly captures the needs of the trust and the changing way in which clinical services are being delivered to its patients. The settings are fresh, light, welcoming and safe and help to promote a sense of wellbeing for patients and visitors.”
Over the next few weeks the final fixtures, fittings and furniture will be put in place on the site, with the official opening planned for early May.
Other new developments completed at the trust include West Park Hospital in Darlington (2004) and Lanchester Road Hospital in Durham (2009). Work has just started on a £10.4million development of Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough.
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