Berrywood Hospital

Berrywood Hospital is a new state-of-the-art hospital providing safe, caring inpatient mental health services for adults and older people, assessment and treatment for people with learning disabilities, and a low secure unit - accompanied by supporting service facilities.

WGI was appointed by Balfour Beatty and Mill Group for this PFI bid for the phased development, which centralised a number of services in one facility. The brief demanded a new approach to the design of a mental health hospital - and unification of its different activities - by creating a building that includes domestic closed, private areas for patients, semi-private and semi-public living and treatment areas, and more formal, open, public spaces accessible by the community.

Leading the briefing consultation process during bidding, WGI forged a good working relationship with the Trust as well as the local community. The process included workshops using live sketching, as well as roadshow consultations.

Transitions between different spaces are expressed in scale, finishes, colour palette, textures and form. Innovative construction methods allowed the project to be delivered on time. These included bathroom pods that were manufactured off site and erection of the roof void ahead of the external walls by using a light steel frame in order to allow the services installation to progress from an early stage. The scheme is highly successful and has been well accepted in the community


Date: 2010
Location: Northampton
Client: Mill Group for Northampton Health Trust
Value: £32m
Service: Architecture, Interiors: Full Design