Work begins on new London Colney mental health unit

L-R Hattie Llewellyn-Davies, Tom Cahill, Chief Executive ), breaking the ground at the site of the n

L-R Hattie Llewellyn-Davies, Tom Cahill, Chief Executive ), breaking the ground at the site of the new facility, signifying the start of building works, and Andrew Osborne, .chair of main contractors Geoffrey Osborne Ltd. - Credit: Archant

BUILDING work on a new multi-million pound state-of-the-art mental health centre for Hertfordshire near London Colney has got underway.

Tom Cahill, Herts Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (HPFT) chief executive, turned the first turf at Kingsley Green near London Colney (formerly Harperbury Hospital), helped by Hattie Llewellyn-Davies, the trust’s chair, and Andrew Osborne, chairman of the main contractor.

The centre, designed as a therapeutic environment for adults experiencing a mental health crisis, will have en-suite single bedrooms for everyone who stays there. There will be courtyard gardens for active recreation and quiet reflection, a shop and café, as well as treatment and therapy areas.

In addition, it will have lounges and quiet spaces where occupants can relax, make themselves snacks and drinks and meet visitors.

The first phase of the £42 million building is expected to be complete by summer 2014.


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