Tolworth Hospital. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller Architects

Tolworth Hospital

The new mental health hospital for the South West London and St George’s NHS Mental Health Trust in Tolworth, London is steered by the Trust’s requirements to provide state of the art facilities while also delivering therapeutic and safe environments that meet current and future user needs.
 Tolworth Hospital. C.F. Møller. Photo: C.F. Møller Architects


South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust


London, UK


17,607 m², 111 Adult, 38 Child and Adolescent beds




Winner of a RIBA led Competitive Interview. 2012


Arup (SMEP and Civil)


C.F. Møller Architects


C.F. Møller Architects

Collaborators, other

Project Manager: Appleyard & Trew Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald Transport: Motion, Fire Safety Engineering: Trenton Fire Planning Advisor: Montague Evans Communications: Cascade Communications

  • Winner of a RIBA led Competitive Interview. 2012

C.F. Møller’s design for the Tolworth mental health hospital in Kingston was carefully developed following years of evidence-based research and consultation with users and stakeholders.

The hospital wards are arranged around a variety of garden courtyard spaces, providing direct access to nature and open air within a secure building envelope. The architectural design looks to create non-institutional environments wherever possible. Good sightlines, attention to reducing noise, ample daylight, natural ventilation and access to garden spaces have been the key design goals.

The new hospital will be delivered in phases and when fully built will include a variety of older adult, adult, adolescent and specialist wards such as Working Age Adult, Older Persons Acute, OCD/BDD wards along with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. In addition to new inpatient wards, the site includes outpatient services, teaching and seminar facilities along with a variety of support services.

While there is great variation in types of illness and service user pathways in mental health facilities, a growing body of evidence demonstrates the health benefits of design in improving patient recovery and outcomes.

C.F. Møller have looked to employ evidence-based design and innovation in promoting optimal therapeutic environments for patients, carers and the NHS staff who care for them.

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