We are delighted that the CAMHS project carried out for Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust won the award for Project of the Year at the Design in Mental Health Exhibition & Conference 2021.

Houlton undertook the design and build project after successfully bidding via open tender with design teams novated as part of the process. The project was to deliver a new £7.8m children’s and adolescent mental health inpatient unit serving the young people of Hull, East Riding, and N/NE Lincolnshire. Responding to NHS England’s Transforming Care agenda, putting vital care and support in the heart of the Community, it is the result of a truly collaborative and inclusive delivery process. The service is brand new, so the Clinical team have built-up the Care model from scratch, challenging the norm and aspiring for a truly unique and appropriate environment that both relates-to and supports young people.

The unit includes nine general adolescent beds and four PICU beds for young people with severe and complex mental health difficulties and offers built-in flexibility and unparalleled accessibility/therapy opportunities. The unit treats young people struggling with a wide range of mental health issues providing a comprehensive recovery focused treatment approach and education programme.

The building design draws on both UK and International design Best Practice and has had to overcome technical, financial and logistical challenges throughout its delivery, working beyond the latest guidance via real innovation. Constructed on a brownfield site, the design regenerates/incorporates a once derelict building, delivers BREEAM Very good, and facilitates efficient staffing/FM delivery, meaning the finished facility is truly Sustainable.

Inspire will mark a national step-change in CAMHS delivery as a service that has been shaped with young people at its heart. Young people and their families were involved in each stage of the building, identifying a suitable location, designing interiors, selecting the name and developing the services that will be used during treatment.

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