Beard completes modern mental health facility

The Bristol-based construction firm, Beard, has transformed an unused space into a new mental health facility in Bath, providing much-needed extra capacity for the unit. Working with a specialist anti-ligature provider, Beard installed specially designed doors and windows that are safe and secure to provide safety and security for both patients and employees.

The state-of-the-art ward has been built at Hillview Lodge and will provide a new inpatient unit with 12 bedrooms (each with en-suite bathrooms) and associated communal, support and staff rooms. The new facility meets all the dementia and safety requirements of the older adult service users, including provision of reduced ligature fittings and fixtures.

Mike Hedges, Beard’s Bristol director, said the project was another opportunity to demonstrate Beard’s ability to deliver a complex project on time, while minimising disruption in a live setting (the facility remained open during the build.) He added: “The team put in place strict measures to help protect some of the most vulnerable while working on site, and had to make sure we were respectful of the location to ensure avoiding any distress.

“The new ward provides a bright, modern space to care for people, and it’s an immense source of pride that we have created a positive place for carers and patients. It was important we delivered a building that not only meets the needs of the patients now, but will be future-proof. The design and facilities we’ve installed, such as the air source heat pump, will make it as energy efficient as possible.

As the centre was still in use during the project, Beard worked closely with the team on site, to ensure that the refurbishment work provided as little disruption to the patients as possible. This required careful planning, to avoid creating too much noise on specific days and at agreed times.