Cross Lane Hospital development contract awarded

February 2010

Plans for the £10.4million development project at Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough are moving quickly as the contractor is announced. The trust has appointed Leeds based construction company Kier Northern to work with us to undertake the modernisation of the site.

Cross Lane Hospital has long been the hub for mental health services in the local area, providing adult and older people’s services to the community in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.

The trust plans to build a specialist care assessment and treatment unit for older people to replace the outdated buildings on site. This new, modern and spacious accommodation will allow staff to provide more individualised care for older people with different needs such as Alzheimer’s or depression. The purpose built unit will provide 20 assessment and treatment beds for older people’s services along with four spaces for ‘partial hospitalisation’. It will also be an office base for corporate and management staff with some training facilities.

The project includes the refurbishment and extension of the Ayckbourn inpatient unit for adults of working age. It will provide a larger, improved environment for service users, families and carers. This redevelopment is due to be completed in 2012.

David Brown, service director for North East Yorkshire for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust said “Developments at Cross Lane Hospital will meet the inpatient needs of local people and enhance the levels of mental health services that we provide, moving them into modern, up-to-date buildings with enhanced therapeutic and modern living space. Many people have worked very hard to reach this point and we are pleased to be working with Kier Northern on this project.”

Tyd Gray, operations director for Kier Northern said “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to undertake the developments at Cross Lane Hospital. We are looking forward to working with the Trust and its partners - who have clearly spent considerable time and effort in planning and preparing the project for the construction phase.  Combined with our expertise and experience in the mental health sector this will be a beneficial project for all.”

Melanie Bradbury, assistant director of vulnerable people and NHS funded continuing healthcare commissioning at NHS North Yorkshire and York said: "The Cross Lane Hospital project is a really positive outcome for people living with a mental health condition in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. The new development will provide high quality accommodation which will be designed to meet the standards of modern mental health care delivery. It is a fantastic opportunity which will allow people with mental illness to receive the best quality health care in their local area. “

Work is due to start in mid-March when construction of the new care unit will begin and the refurbishment of Ayckbourn unit will follow in summer 2011.