St Andrew's granted planning permission for biggest UK adolescent mental health development

£45m facility will cater for young people with mental illness, autism and learning difficulties in Northampton

St Andrew’s has been granted planning permission to build a new residential building for young people with mental illness, autism and learning difficulties in Northampton.

Designed by P+HS Architects, the new £45m development in Cliftonville Road will bring together adolescent services on one site and will be the largest facility of its kind in Europe.

It will provide care to young people from across the UK and alongside 110 residential beds will include a school, sports and therapy areas and a number of activity and landscaped courtyards.

The tender process is now complete and Galliford Try has been appointed as the construction partner. It hopes to begin work on site later in the year.

The new building is part of the charity’s wide-ranging programme of work to improve and upgrade clinical environments for patients.

St Andrew’s chief executive, Gil Baldwin, said: "Our new building will help to meet the increasing demand for mental health services for young people across the country. This tailor-made clinical environment will help us provide the best care, treatment and support for our young patients and help them on their road to recovery.”

He added: “As a charity, we want to ensure we help our young people to fulfil their individual potential and help them move forward in their lives. Developing a culture of learning can help to raise their self-esteem, improve their confidence and independence. We will continue to offer outstanding educational facilities for our young people in our new building, in a safe and positive therapeutic environment.”

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