Springfield University Hospital, mental health
South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust
34,300 m² including car parks, 133 adult beds
Winner of a Competitive Interview. 2012
Sir Robert McAlpine
MEP Engineering: Arup Structural Engineering: Walsh Fire Engineering: Trenton Fire
C.F. Møller Architects
C.F. Møller Architects
Project Manager: Appleyard & Trew Cost management services: Gardiner Theobald Planning Consultant: Montagu Evans Catering Consultant: Sterling Foodservice Consultancy
- Winner of Building Better Healthcare Award in the category Best External Environment Project.. 2022
- Winner of a Competitive Interview. 2012
The hospital consists of two distinct buildings and compromises new-build mental health facilities,provides a range of adult inpatient wards along with adult and children’s outpatient services, Recovery College, teaching facilities and support services. The hospital buildings also incorporate retail shops and several floors of carparks that will serve both the hospital and the emerging residential plots that are being developed around the hospital.
Daylight and gardens
The design is focused on creating non-institutional environments with good sightlines and acoustics, ample daylight, natural ventilation, access to gardens and outdoor spaces are key design objectives. The aspiration is to create a calming and safe environment, as well as optimal working conditions for staff.
The design incorporates open plan areas at the centre of each ward to create a light and airy environment with strong visual and physical connections to adjacent external garden courtyards. The layouts generally allow easy overview of the ward entrance and of the majority of patient circulation areas. The design has sought to eliminate blind corners where possible.
The edges of the rooms and central corridors incorporate fixed and loose furniture with a variety of seating areas for relaxing and socialising.
The facades and external elements consist of robust and high-quality materials chosen for their compatibility, beauty, durability and sustainability, with consideration for their life-cycle environmental impact and cost. Two-tone brickwork is the primary material across the buildings, which relates contextually to the adjacent listed buildings.