The Maudsley’s Mapother House, Michael Rutter Centre, and Professorial Building could be turned into 189 new homes after children’s mental health services relocate to a £65 million specialist centre.
A consultation into the future of the Denmark Hill site has now launched with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust outlining its vision for rebuilding the ‘out-dated’ and ‘soon to be surplus’ buildings.
The buildings, in De Crespigny Park, date back to the 1930s and have been altered considerably over the last 80 years to try to meet modern healthcare requirements.
Currently they are used mostly by the child and adult mental health services unit (CAMHS) which will relocate to a new purpose built facility – the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People.
As the News reported in February of this year, the new £65m young people’s facility aims to be a national centre of excellence and house leading clinicians under one room.
It will initially focus on mothers and babies; child trauma; self-harm; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; obsessive compulsive disorder; autism; depression and mental health issues associated with the digital and online world.
The trust is proposing turning their current home into 189 homes – 50 per cent ‘affordable’ – with provision for local people and trust staff; creating a new pedestrian walkway, and replacing an existing nursery for trust staff with a purpose-build one with a new outdoor play area.
David Bradley, the trust’s CEO, said: “To ensure the safety and quality of our mental health services for people and communities we serve there is an urgent need to redevelop our mental health hospital facilities.
“This is an opportunity for the trust to use the proceeds from its surplus estate at the Maudsley Hospital and invest this back into our current and future hospitals and community facilities.
“This is part of the process of modernising our inpatient facilities for patients, service users, their carers, friends and families and also our staff in Southwark, Lambeth, Lewisham and Croydon.
“This has been agreed by the trust’s board as the most practical and economically sustainable way forward.”
Patients, staff and residents can view the plans in more detail and share their views online.
The redevelopment is similar to last month’s announcement that Lambeth Hospital’s ‘unfit’ acute wards would be replaced by a purpose-build new mental health unit at Douglas Bennett House in the Maudsley.
As this paper reported, the green light for the new building on Windsor Walk was given by South East London Clinical Commissioning Group on July 16 after a three-month public consultation.
Visit www.slam.nhs.uk/about-us/get-involved/consultations-and-engagement for more information.