Why we are developing a new inpatient unit

GMMH became responsible for the delivery of services at Park House, based in Crumpsall on the North Manchester General Hospital site, in 2017 and immediately recognised that the unit was a priority for improvement due to its untherapeutic indoor and outdoor facilities. 

The current unit, which has eight wards and 146 acute beds, will be completely rebuilt on the hospital site, but in an alternative location to the existing Park House unit. This will allow the new facility to be fully constructed without disturbing current patients and the day-to-day running of services.

Park House is an inpatient unit providing assessment and treatment for adults and older people with mental health needs, such as depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and dementia. Patients are currently accommodated across male and female wards, in mainly dormitory-style hospital accommodation, and with little outdoor space.

As part of the development, proposals will significantly improve patient privacy and dignity, providing patients with:

  • spacious single bedrooms with private ensuite bathrooms in single-sex wards
  • a variety of internal activity areas and multiple outside garden spaces, specifically designed to enhance the environment and aid recovery.

We set about developing a business case to redevelop the facility and plans for the new mental health unit received full planning consent from the local planning authority, Manchester City Council, in January 2021.

£105m of capital investment will be used to construct modern mental health facilities, which will greatly improve the quality of specialist inpatient care, using the latest technology and therapeutic techniques in an environment that is conducive to holistic treatment and recovery.

The state-of-the-art mental health inpatient unit will be built to the latest environmental standards, and will offer a therapeutic, modern environment for patients and workplace for staff, which will promote the integration of physical and mental wellbeing.

Work on the new building is expected to start in 2022 with the new facility anticipated to be built and operational by 2024.