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New Low Secure Unit in Prestwich

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) has invested £7.5 million into the construction of a new low secure unit in Prestwich for mental health patients who require specialist care.New Low Secure Unit 3D Front image

Clinical staff and service managers at GMW are working with Integrated Health Projects (IHP) to create a new, fit-for-purpose building that will provide accommodation for adult men with mental health problems who need to be cared for in a secure setting.

A wide range of rehabilitation activities and therapies will be provided at the new building with many taking place away from the unit, in community settings such as educational and work based placements.

The building will consist of 30 beds with offices and additional parking on GMW’s site in Prestwich.

This new build follows on from the £5.5 million redevelopment of GMW’s Edenfield Centre, a medium secure unit, which IHP is currently upgrading on the Prestwich site.

The Edenfield Centre is GMW’s main centre for medium secure services, currently providing accommodation for 135 male and female service users. The redevelopment will replace old buildings with modern, high quality facilities for patients and staff, which reflects the outstanding clinical and therapeutic care provided at the centre.

The Edenfield Centre redevelopment will be completed in October 2014, with work beginning on the new low secure unit in November 2014.

Joe Peers, Director of Estates and Facilities for GMW, said: "The construction of this new unit will mean that people from the local area will be treated in purpose built accommodation designed around their needs.

John Walker, Specialist Services Deputy Network Director from GMW, said: "We have worked very closely with our service user group to design this fantastic and exciting new building which will bring state of the art facilities to service users within our low secure service. This facility will enhance the clinical environment and deliver the best use of light and space in order to enhance recovery and improve access to therapeutic facilities for all.”

Dave Spencer, Senior Project Manager from IHP, commented: “Securing another contract with Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is validation that it’s more than a partnership that works; it’s proof that we have the experience and know-how to construct a new unit that meets the specific needs of both the people that will make use of it and the medical team that will oversee it.”


Notes for Editors

  1. Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) provides district mental health services in Bolton, Salford and Trafford. GMW also provides substance misuse services in Salford, Trafford, Wigan and Leigh, Blackburn with Darwen, Central Lancashire and Cumbria.
  2. GMW delivers specialist mental health and substance misuse inpatient services throughout Greater Manchester and the wider North.
  3. Patients from Charles House, a 24-bedded medium secure unit in Salford, which is managed by GMW in partnership with the Priory, will be moved to the redeveloped Edenfield Centre when it is ready. Whilst meeting all required standards, Charles House facilities are limited and not fit for purpose.
  4. IHP is a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine.

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