The long-standing collaborative relationship between us and our contractor Interserve has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building at its annual awards ceremony.
The Committed to Construction in Humber and West Yorkshire Awards took place on Friday 23 March in Leeds, showcasing the very best of professionalism, excellence and innovation within the region.
We picked up the award jointly for collaborative working, recognising our 14 year relationship which has seen Interserve deliver improvements to estates and facilities, enabling the Trust to continue to deliver compassionate care and operational excellence.
The award recognises partnerships that demonstrate the benefits of true collaboration, innovation, a seamless approach, aligned values and sharing best practice and risks.
The current project we are working with Interserve on is the Fieldhead master plan. This is a £17m investment in mental health services for local people by the Trust.
Our new adult acute mental health centre at Fieldhead Hospital in Wakefield opened in September 2017. The Unity Centre has been purpose-built and treats patients from across our geographical footprint. It incorporates the Stanley male adult acute mental health ward and Walton psychiatric intensive care ward. There is also a new section 136 suite.
That was the end of our first major phase of building works. The next phase is now underway with the main entrance/visitor centre and Nostell ward due to open in Summer 2018 with the full refurbishment of Priory to follow for the new fit-for-purpose Chantry ward.
Tim Mellard, practice governance coach for the Wakefield acute care pathway, said: “This building is a multi-million-pound investment by the trust and highlights our commitment to the local area and providing patients with high-quality care. Everyone loves the new centre. Our service users are benefitting from state-of-the-art therapeutic areas, en-suite bathrooms and vastly improved relaxation areas to help them on their journey to recovery.”
The Unity Centre has been built by the Trust’s contractor Interserve. The project has been funded entirely using money from the Trust’s reserves and we are not tied to any maintenance contracts.