What We Did
Red Kite View is a 22-bed Children and Young People’s Mental Health In-Patient Service location at the site of St Mary’s Hospital in Armley in Leeds. The new facility will comprise of a 16-bed general adolescent ward, a 6-bed psychiatric intensive care unit, and a CAMHS S136 unit. These are supported by off ward therapy spaces, a school, offices and extensive staff welfare facilities.
Located on a heavily wooded site, the form of the building is designed to meander like a river through a forest. While giving a sinuous form to the building, it also helps the building avoid the root protection zones of the surrounding TPO protected trees.
The building wraps around central courtyards to provide dedicated access to garden spaces at all time. Next to the building are large gardens which will be used for exercise, games, therapies, family visits, pet visits, and outdoor classwork.
Extensive service user consultation guided the entire design process. Workshops, exhibitions, sample boards, 3D flythroughs, visuals, surveys, and workbooks were key tools used as part of the service user and stakeholder engagement events.
The building will replace the trust’s current Little Woodhouse Hall, and will mark a prominent service expansion to provide a modern, fit for purpose therapeutic healthcare building while helping to prevent out of area placements for service users.
Gilling Dod provided architecture, interior design, and arts coordination services.
As Red Kite View gets ready to open its doors, clinicians and end users share their insights into their amazing new facility