Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is forging ahead with plans to create a modern state of the art mental health facility on land at Mossley Hill, Liverpool, which the Trust owns. In August 2022, the Treasury and Department of Health and Social Care approved the business case for this exciting new development which paves the way for the end of dormitory wards in the city.
The Trust board have approved the business case for this exciting new development (see artists’ impressions pictured) and this page is updated regularly with the latest news about progress on the project.
There has been a gradual relocation of services from the site over several years to other new or improved facilities, with all remaining inpatient and community mental health services moving off the Park Avenue site in 2021. Despite Mersey Care’s best efforts to maintain the existing buildings the old site had become no longer fit for purpose.
Work to demolish the old buildings at Mossley Hill was completed in February 2022, enabling Mersey Care to progress to the next stage of the scheme. The first phase took seven months to complete with a strip out of metals and materials from the buildings, which were sorted on site. Demolition experts recycled around 95 per cent of the salvage and buildings were crushed for re-use on site as future building materials for when construction of gets underway. Below are videos charting the work done to make the site ready and showing CG designs for the new site.
Our aim is to eradicate traditional shared dormitory style mental health wards by providing:
- Single bedrooms with en suite bathrooms to promote privacy and dignity
- Therapeutic light and airy environments that include activity areas
- Facilities that promote recovery such as family visiting and multi faith spaces
- Access to safe garden areas.
Beatrice Fraenkel, Chairman of Mersey Care, said: “This news allows us to give the people of Liverpool what they need – the very best care in a modern, therapeutic environment with single en suite facilities and easy access to gardens and open space.
“Our current inpatient estate has been identified as a limiting factor in service users’ recovery. More than that, by delivering better buildings we’re also setting newer and higher standards in mental health care for everyone.”
Last year, a competitive tendering process took place overseen by the Liverpool Sefton Health Partnership. Construction giants GRAHAM were chosen as the preferred build partner because of their wide experience including numerous health sector projects and architects Gilling Dod have worked with service users, carers and stakeholders to create the modern, airy designs for the facility.
Mersey Care’s Chief Operating Officer Local Services Division Donna Robinson said: “We are really looking forward to when we will see our new site with all of its en suite single bedroom accommodation for people within Liverpool. They will have a therapeutic environment to rest and recover from their crisis episode.”
The 80 bedded facility will be at the centre of a range of inpatient and community mental health services for Liverpool.
Mossley Hill - the site's journey
During the autumn of 2021 a competitive tendering process took place overseen by Liverpool Sefton Health Partnership. Construction giants GRAHAM were chosen as the preferred build partner due to their wide experience including numerous projects in the health sector.
Mersey Care’s Trust Board approved a revised Outline Business Case setting out the scheme in more detail, which has been accepted for NHS England and Improvement. From spring 2020 the multi million pounds bid for capital expenditure goes to the next round of a national approvals process (called a full business case) and oversight by statutory regulators, applied for under a Government pledge to eradicate dormitory style accommodation from mental health hospitals.
Following on from the demolition in 2022, preliminary enabling works will start on site including at Mossley House, the historic mansion situated next door and once part of the hospital buildings’ complex. In August 2022, HM Treasury and the Department of Health and Social Care approved the next stage of the scheme and we now expect to start building later in 2022 and the new hospital be completed in 2024.
- The redevelopment falls under the banner of our ‘Liverpool 2 Project’ as it will be the second of a new generation of mental health facilities created for the local communities of the city in recent years - the first being Clock View Hospital at Walton north of the city.
- We’ll shortly be asking you to contribute ideas for the name of this site and set out how you can get involved in the process to choose its future identity