What We Did
The new Park House Development is a 150-bed in-patient mental health facility for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Gilling Dod Architects were appointed in 2019 to develop the design to replace the existing Park House facility as part of GMMH’s dormitory eradication programme. The new hospital will comprise of 7no Adult Acute wards, 1no Older Adult Ward and 1no Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, and an S136 unit. These are supported by off ward therapy spaces, gym, café, shop, offices, and staff welfare facilities.
Service user and key stakeholder consultations have been integral to the design process. A variety of mediums have been used including online workshops and in person exhibitions, each tailored to manage the COVID risk and lockdown status at the time.
The hospital will be one of the first multi-level in-patient mental health units in the north of England. Each ward will have direct level access to their own garden spaces regardless of level. The building design utilises an existing step in site levels to manage to garden spaces.
Sustainability is at the heart of the new facility - it is designed to be able to operate as a net zero carbon building, with no fossil fuels used in its heating. The embodied carbon of the construction is target to better the 2020 targets of the RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide. The scheme is also targeting BREEAM Excellent and is using many Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).
Located at North Manchester General Hospital, the project forms one of the first phases of a wider masterplan for the wider hospital site.
Construction is due to start in January 2022 and is scheduled to be completed in early 2024.