First step for Harpenden’s new health facility

Harpenden Memorial Hospital.

Harpenden Memorial Hospital. - Credit: Archant

The first step towards creating a new health facility in Harpenden has been taken with the appointment of a leading firm of architects.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) intends to purchase The Stewarts, currently home to an in-patient unit run by the local mental health trust at Harpenden Memorial Hospital, and finance the scheme by selling off the rest of the site including the Red House.

It will then redevelop The Stewarts and provide a range of clinical and therapy rooms for children and adult health services.

The firm of architects that has been appointed is Ingleton Wood, an Essex-based company which has carried out work for a number of hospital trusts including HCT.

It is anticipated that building work will start in 2018, with the new facility opening in Spring 2019.

David Law, chief executive of HCT, said: “Our communities deserve the best level of 21st century healthcare, provided in modern, clean and safe environments. The appointment of Ingleton Wood builds on our pledge to make this a reality for our patients in Harpenden.”