New mental health facility for young people in Northampton reaches key progress milestone

Friday 16 Oct 2015

FitzRoy House Topping Out Ceremony

Nearly a year to the day after breaking ground, staff and invited guests gathered today to celebrate ‘topping out’, or the completion of the building shell, of St Andrew’s Healthcare’s new building, FitzRoy House. This is a key milestone in the construction project of this new unique building, which will provide bespoke care for young people with mental health needs.

At a ceremony held on the roof of the new building, Chairman of St Andrew’s Healthcare Peter Winslow thanked everyone involved in this exciting project, before the first piece of stone coping was attached to the building by Chief Executive Officer, Gil Baldwin. Guests included Sean Bowles, Managing Director of contractors Galliford Try, Cath Lake, of P+HS Architects, who designed the building, and MP for Northampton South David Mackintosh.

Gil Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer of St Andrew’s Healthcare said, “We recognise that, whilst many young people with mental health issues are best treated closer to home or in the community, there are some with very complex needs who are best cared for by highly specialised staff in a safe and secure environment such as FitzRoy House. This new building will enable us to provide world-class holistic care for young people with mental illness, autism and learning disability in an environment that is tailor-made for them.”

He continues: “I would like to thank all involved in this exciting project, who have helped us make such great progress in just one year. This includes our staff and patients, who are helping to ensure the building design and interior best supports the recovery of young people.”

Staff and young patients will move into this new building when it opens in autumn 2016. It will be the largest secure service for young people with mental health needs in the world.

Key features of FitzRoy House that will support the delivery of world-class holistic care include brand new facilities to deliver ground-breaking treatments such as sensory integration techniques and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), specially adapted for young people. It will also include areas where patients benefit from activities to help their recovery, such as horticulture and animal care.

As well as purpose built residential facilities, it will include sports and therapy areas, a cafe and courtyards with outdoor activity spaces and landscaped gardens, and a modern new facility for St Andrew’s College, our OFSTED ‘outstanding’ school. This will include teaching rooms with better access to technology, a science demonstration room, a new library area, an outdoor education area, a bespoke music room and a recording studio.

Sean Bowles, Managing Director of Galliford Try said: “We are delighted to be involved with this project and to be making a difference to young people with mental health needs.”