July 2022

Hunters Wins Planning for Mental Health Scheme

Hunters healthcare team has won planning for a new Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service (MHCAS) for the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Our designs for the new innovative mental health service at Highgate Mental Health Centre, supports our clients year-long co-production work with service users, carers, staff and other local stakeholders, collaborating on the design of the new hospital building and the spaces within it.

The project is a two storey new build, between heritage buildings and is partly extended over an existing single storey building.  This creates a sufficiently large first floor to accommodate all of the key clinical adjacencies required for our clients service together with a courtyard garden to engender a relaxed and calming ambience for patients experiencing a mental health crisis. 

This is part of the wider strategic plan to move mental health crisis facilities out of Hospital A&E departments and into appropriate specialist care facilities.

Tim Ashton, Director of the Healthcare team commented ‘We worked closely with the trust on a challenging site to maximise footprint for their needs whilst creating a calm new environment for their patients. It’s one of a number of Mental Health schemes we are designing in a sector which is at the forefront of everyone’s minds currently.’