Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is forging ahead with its plans to create a modern state of the art mental health facility (see artists’ impressions pictured) on land at Mossley Hill Hospital, Liverpool, owned by the Trust.
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 hospital was no longer fit for purpose or safe to continue using.
Work to demolish the old buildings at Mossley Hill Hospital 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 under way. (See our February 2022 demolition video update).
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.
Mersey Care’s Chief Operating Officer Local Services Division Donna Robinson said: “We are really looking forward to when we will see our new hospital 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 bed hospital will be at the centre of a range of inpatient and community mental health services for Liverpool
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. Once all necessary approvals are in place it is hoped 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 hospitals created for the local communities of the city in recent years - the first being Clock View Hospital at Walton north of the city.