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Mental Health unit awarded for design

Posted on the 23rd November 2015

The partnership that developed Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust"s new inpatient mental health unit, The Harbour, was a winner at the recent Building Better Healthcare Awards.

The Trust"s 154 inpatient bed unit, was a winner in the Award for Innovation in Procure 21+ category at the awards ceremony held in London. The Trust formed part of the partnership for the project which was designed and built under Integrated Health Projects (IHP) which consists of VINCI Construction UK, Sir Robert McAlpine, the Trust and Gilling Dod Architects. The building was designed by Gilling Dod and implemented through the IHP partnership, taking 18 months to build and costing £40million.

Alistair Rose, Project Director for The Harbour at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

"We were delighted to have been shortlisted for the awards and to win the category was the icing on the cake! It was a brilliant team effort from the planning and design to construction and the addition of fixtures and fittings. The Harbour sets the standards for modern mental health care providing a therapeutic environment for our service users. We liaised with service users and carers throughout the planning stages to ensure the building met their requirements. As part of this process we created a 'Wander Path" on our dementia wards. This allows service users to walk freely around the ward and the colour coding of the area means this reduces anxiety and confusion for people living with dementia.

"I would like to thank our partners as well as our other contractors who made us able to realise our vision of being able to provide modernised, innovative mental health care for the people of Lancashire."

You can find out more information about The Harbour, including taking a virtual tour of the site, by visiting

For more information about the Building Better Healthcare Awards please visit