Designing better mental healthcare facilities

Six-ward upgrade programme at Warwick mental health facility completed

National fit-out and refurbishment specialist contractor, Willmott Dixon Interiors, has completed the multi-phased refurbishment of a mental health hospital in Warwick.

Its handing over of the newly upgraded Larches Ward at St. Michael’s Hospital to Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust represents the final phase of a project to upgrade 5,853 m2 across six inpatient wards at the hospital. It began in 2022 with the anti-ligature refurbishment of Rosewood Terrace and since then the contractor has since upgraded facilities at the Hazelwood, Rowan, Ferndale, and Willowvale wards, which provide age- dependent mental healthcare services.

All works were carried out in a live hospital environment, and included the installation of new windows and internal doors, and adaptations to power, data, and access control services.  Willmott Dixon Interiors has also made improvements to lighting, ventilation grilles, radiator covers, and sanitaryware, repaired flooring, and all six buildings have been redecorated. The contract to refurbish St. Michael’s Hospital was awarded via the Procurement Hub Major Project Framework, and delivered by a project team that also included Fulkers Bailey Russell and Design Buro.  It generated a social return on investment of almost £200,000 during the project lifecycle – equivalent to over 19% of the total contract value - and met high sustainability standards, with 99% of project waste diverted from landfill.

Nabeel Javed, Construction manager at Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “At the heart of this refurbishment is a commitment by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust to improve patient experience and keep vulnerable people safe from harm. We’ve worked incredibly closely with the Trust over the past two years to ensure the successful delivery of each phase. Our understanding of mental health estates has enabled us to create a modern environment that will support patient recovery.”

Sonya Gardiner, the Trust’s COO, said: “St Michael’s Hospital is one of our main mental health facilities, and these improvements ensure that we will continue to provide safe and therapeutic environments to support the recovery of our patients now and into the future.”

Willmott Dixon Interiors is currently working with the same Trust on the delivery of a separate refurbishment project at the Caludon Centre in Coventry. It includes remediation works, the replacement of fire doors, and fire compartmentation line surveys.


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