Time capsule is buried in IHP’s new £105.9m mental heath institute site

Published: 17-May-2024

A time capsule has been buried at the construction site in Manchester to preserve the history of Park House, and memories of the North Manchester area

North View is the £105.9m state-of-the-art unit, run by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH).

GMMH is working with its Principal Supply Chain Partner, Integrated Health Projects (IHP) to deliver the project. 

IHP is the joint venture between VINCI Building and Sir Robert McAlpine. 

Construction on the new unit started in August 2022 and it is anticipated to be built and operational later this year.  

The new unit will replace the current Park House adult mental health inpatient unit on the North Manchester General Hospital site. 

A time capsule has been buried at the construction site. It was created to preserve the history of Park House, and memories of the North Manchester area.  

North View 

North View is a mental health inpatient unit. Once complete the unit will house several wards including: 

  • A purpose-built Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
  • An older adults ward
  • Seven adult acute wards 
  • A treatment suite.

The unit will also include: 

  • Spacious single bedrooms, each with a private en-suite shower room
  • A variety of indoor activity areas
  • Meeting rooms for visiting family
  • Multiple gardens
  • Spaces for therapeutic artwork 
  • A café

North View will help improve the region’s mental health services and make sure patients can access the care they need in an environment designed to enhance and aid therapeutic recovery.

This new development is part of an exciting vision for North Manchester General Hospital to improve health and wellbeing for local people over the next 10 to 15 years.

Further, this new unit forms part of the government’s commitment to deliver over 70 major hospital upgrades, helping improve patient care and ultimately save more lives.


North View will be the first all-electric mental health unit in the country, which supports the NHS goal of becoming net zero.

The new units will use energy efficient heat pump technology to provide heating, cooling and the generation of hot water. 

The building will also incorporate thermally efficient materials throughout, and solar panels to self-generate electricity.

Gary Bowker, Regional Managing Director at VINCI Building said: “It’s been wonderful to see all the brilliant contributions to the time capsule event, meet members of the community and tell them all about the exciting work we are doing at North View.”

The time capsule 

The time capsule contains contributions and memorabilia from Park House patients, staff, local schools and contractors, including:

  • Winning submissions to the Time Capsule Worksheet Competition, made by pupils from schools in the North Manchester area, Abraham Moss Primary School, Northridge School and The King David High School
  • Contributions and artwork from service users at Park House
  • Staff photos from wards at Park House
  • A document detailing the NMGH site history
  • Information about Park House and the existing buildings
  • Information about mental health services and care
  • North View design and construction images
  • A visual timeline of key milestones for North View, and a North View progress video
  • A photo of the IHP (building construction) team
  • Coins
  • A newspaper
  • Stamps

The time capsule was officially buried at a special ceremony held early May and was attended by:

  • The Chair of GMMH, Tony Warne,
  • Chief Finance Director at GMMH, Suzanne Robinson,
  • The Leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Bev Craig,
  • NHS England’s Director and Head of Profession for Estates and Facilities, Simon Corben
  • Executive Member for Healthy Manchester and Adult Social Care, and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board at Manchester City Council, Councillor Thomas Frederick Robinson
  • Park House patients and staff
  • Pupils from schools in the North Manchester area 

After the ceremony, attendees were given a site tour of the North View building site, to see progress of the construction and ask any questions about the exciting new unit.

Tony Warne, Chair at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said: “This really is a historic moment for North Manchester, as we preserve information and relics about and from our wonderful, diverse community. With everything from poems to artwork, photographs, videos and day-to-day items, our time capsule portrays a snapshot in time which captures the spirit of our people, mental health services, history and aspirations, for future generations to one day look back on. Who knows how different their lives may be.”

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