Designing better mental healthcare facilities

'Transformational design' for Saskatchewan facility

Canada’s new $405m Saskatchewan North Battleford Hospital in North Battleford, Saskatchewan provides a 284-bed mental health facility with 188 beds, replacing the existing 156-bed facility, and a 96-room secure unit for male and female offenders living with mental illness.

The completed project was delivered under a P3 contract by Access Prairies Partnership, a consortium led by Graham Construction. Medical Architecture led the clinical design, with executive design team, Kasian, and Integrus Architecture & WSP.

Medical Architecture explained: “The new facility is on a ridge overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley. All patients have their own bedrooms and share the naturally lit common and public spaces. The design provides a modern, recovery-focused mental health setting. A large welcoming foyer with expansive views of the landscape beyond leads to the central therapy mall, which includes a gymnasium and a gift shop with art and furniture created by patients. A salon and apparel shop run by patients also contributes to this sense of wellbeing. Each inpatient unit is planned with individual bedrooms and a spacious shared living area offering direct level access to safe outside gardens.”

Linda Shynkaruk, director of Saskatchewan Hospital, said: We are absolutely ecstatic with this facility. We’re going to be able to provide a second-to-none service for our patients.” Province Premier, Scott Moe, dubbed the new hospital ‘one of the most advanced mental health treatment centres in all of Canada’.

Medical Architecture director, Chris Shaw, added: “It’s gratifying to see a transformational design which enables a step-change in mental health and addictions care being delivered at scale in this project.”


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