projectRoseberry Park Mental Health Campus

locationMiddlesbrough, UK


images© 2012 Medical Architecture; photographer Jill Tate

Desco delivered the MEP services design for the new multi award-winning Roseberry Park development – a dedicated mental health and learning disabilities campus in Middlesbrough.

The development comprises 13 buildings and is the largest mental health 26,000m2 project recently constructed in the UK.

It was recognised that there was a need for modern facilities for the provision of mental health care in the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys area and that the existing St Luke’s hospital was no longer fit-for-purpose. The St Luke’s hospital which had stood since the 1800s was earmarked for demolition and the site identified as the location for a new-build development.

The new flagship facility, completed in 2010, comprises 312 inpatient beds and provides mental health and learning disability and forensic services for adults and older people within a welcoming, therapeutic environment which is secure without being oppressive or over-whelming.

The scheme was designed as a single storey development so level access was provided across the site, giving physically disabled service users access to all areas and eliminating the need for lifts, ramps and steps which might have inhibited access.

By also using the low-rise buildings to create secure ‘perimeter’ and avoiding the need for a security fence, the team delivered a facility of a ‘non-institutional’ style whilst still maintaining security and addressing accessibility issues. The landscaped gardens provide views and space for open air activities but still within a secure boundary.

The environment was designed to deflect the stigmatism often associated with mental health and replicates the sort of facilities which people enjoy in the wider community; the plaza provides a bold point of arrival, with planting and a wide range of internal and external public art, a café and places to sit.

The heating scheme for the development is based around a central generation philosophy with an energy centre and district heating distribution network delivering energy to each building for space heating and hot water generation. The central plant incorporates duel fuel, high-efficiency boilers with provision for future inclusion of CHP and biomass plant.


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