A new acute mental health hospital was officially opened in Gloucestershire in early July and is already being hailed as being one of the best in the world.
The unit, named Greyfriars, is located on the Wotton Lawn Hospital site in Gloucester. Costing £3m, the state of art Psychiatric Intensive Care Inpatient Unit (PICU) is the result of five years planning and building work. So what makes it so groundbreaking?
The centre provides care and treatment for people whose safe management and treatment is not possible on an open acute ward. It has 10 individual bedrooms with en-suite facilities within a building that uses the very latest technology in green building design including solar power, rainwater harvesting and wind catchers.
The innovations help to reduce running costs through better use of natural light and ventilation and therefore less energy consumption from lighting and air conditioning. The building has an unusual exterior appearance with a bronze roof which and has been nominated for several public building awards.