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Wednesday, 29 January

Trust Gets £150 Million Development Go-ahead

How the new facilities at St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust will look.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust has had government approval to start work on two new state-of-the-art facilities. The announcement came on Wednesday January 8.

The facilities, which have a budget of £150 million, are scheduled to open in 2022 on the Trust's largest site in Tooting. They include eight new inpatient wards. New housing and a 32-acre public park (the first of its kind since the 2012 London Olympics) will also be developed. Land has also been allocated for the development of a new school.

A district heating system and centralised energy centre (providing efficient heating and reducing carbon emissions) is planned across the site.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has already started construction work but has now formally signed contracts for the delivery of the Springfield University Hospital development with Springfield and Tolworth Estate Partnership (STEP), a 50/50 partnership between Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Ltd and Kajima Partnerships. STEP will act as master developer for the site with Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd as main contractor for the new mental health units and the park, surrounding public realm and infrastructure.

Ann Beasley CBE, Chair of South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust said: “This is the biggest landmark yet in our Estate Modernisation Programme and we are extremely proud of getting permission to go ahead and being able to start work on these brand-new, first class inpatient facilities. This new environment will make a huge difference to our patients and the way we provide the best quality care towards their recovery.

“Furthermore, this work will ensure that the Springfield University Hospital site is regenerated in a way which reduces the stigma of mental health conditions by integrating our organisation with our community.”

 

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Harriet Gladwell-Phillips, the STEP General Manager said: “The Estate Modernisation Programme at Springfield is a pioneering project for the NHS providing not only much needed high quality mental health facilities but also housing and new green spaces for south west London.

“The whole area will benefit from the redevelopment of the site, which will bring together new and existing people who live and work at Springfield to create a community with mental health and wellbeing at its heart.”

Picture: How the new facilities at St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust will look.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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