Work on the Bath Mental Health Facility has been completed
An unused room in the Royal United Hospital in Bath has been converted into a new psychiatric facility.
The new state-of-the-art ward at Hillview Lodge in Combe Park will offer a stationary unit with 12 en-suite bedrooms as well as communal, care and staff rooms.
Work on the unit was completed by the Bristol-based construction company Beard, which is behind Swindon Carriage Works and the Bristol Bears training facility.
The 129-year-old family business said it developed doors and windows that are “safe and secure” to keep patients and staff safe.
Mike Hedges, director of Beard in Bristol, said the project was “another opportunity” to demonstrate the company’s ability to deliver a complex project on time while minimizing disruption in a live environment as the facility was set up during the Baus stayed open.
He said: “The team has taken tough measures to protect some of the most vulnerable people at work on site and needed to make sure we respect the site to avoid any emergency.
“The new ward offers a bright, modern space for caring for people and it makes us very proud that we have created a positive place for nursing staff and patients.”
Mr Hedges said the building’s design also included air source heat pumps to make it energy efficient.
“It was important that we delivered a building that not only meets patient needs now, but is also future-proof,” he said.
Since the center was still operating during the project, Beard worked closely with the on-site team to ensure that the refurbishment work would cause as little disruption to patients as possible.
“This required careful planning to avoid creating too much noise on certain days and times,” added Hedges.
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