Contractors Integrated Health Projects (IHP) have handed over the keys to Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to mark the completion of The Harbour, a new £40m mental health unit in Blackpool.
The Harbour is located on the Whyndyke Farm site, just off the M55 in Blackpool, and will provide a total of 154 beds. The development is part of the Trust’s on-going commitment to provide modernised inpatient mental health services and improving the quality of care it delivers. The new unit will achieve a more therapeutic environment for the people who use the service and better working conditions for staff.
Alongside the Psychological Intensive Care Units, Advanced Care and Acute Care wards, there will be specialist care and accommodation for those affected by Dementia. The building is mainly single storey with administration services located on the first floor.
Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“On behalf of the Trust, I was extremely pleased to formally accept the key to The Harbour and we are extremely pleased with the outcome of the build. This development is the flagship unit which sets the standard in our long term plan to provide the very best in modernised, innovative mental health care and treatment for the people of Lancashire. We are looking forward to getting the fixtures and fittings in place ready for the unit to become operational. It is truly a proud moment to see our aspirations for the future of mental health care really start to take shape.”
Alistair Rose, Project Director for The Harbour at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“It has been a pleasure working with the construction team on the development of The Harbour and the Trust couldn’t be happier with the results. The contractors have been fantastic through all stages of the build and it’s great to be able to see our vision come to life.
“The next stage is the completion of the interior of the building ready for our staff and service users moving in and the building becoming operational by Spring 2015.”
Nigel Plant, Senior Project Manager, IHP, said:
“The Harbour will provide carers and service users with the best possible environment and facilities to enhance recovery for people with mental health conditions.
“It has been an absolute delight working with the Trust, and from the positive feedback we’ve already had from service users who have been involved in the project, we already know it will be a success.”
Integrated Health Projects, a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, started the 18 month construction programme in March 2013 and the building will open its doors in spring 2015.