Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, PICU
Mental Health Architects
Quattro has over 20 years’ experience working in both outpatient and inpatient Mental Health buildings and secure units. Our experience across a broad range of Mental Health service provision within Gloucestershire, the Midlands and the South West has enabled us to develop an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges associated with these services and how they impact on the design and implementation of alterations to existing buildings.
We have worked on projects associated with all 5 main care groups and fully comprehend the issues associated with serious mental illness.
Our talented and highly skilled Mental Health Team are well equipped to design schemes which address the challenges posed:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services:
We have worked with Multi-Disciplinary Community Health Teams on projects delivering local services, often incorporated within larger multi-use buildings.
Adults of Working Age:
Acute in-patient services, treatment and rehabilitation have formed a significant part of the work of our dedicated Mental Health Team over the past 8 years and we have been fortunate to work with some of the leading experts in the field.
Services for People with Learning Disabilities:
Within the NHS we have been involved in the alteration of 2 in-patient facilities at Westridge and Hollybrook House, Stroud and 4 out-patient day centres. The project examples are referenced at the end of the section.
Services for Older Age Adults with a Learning Disability:
We have extensive experience in buildings for older people, in particular incorporating Dementia facilities.
Quattro have designed and delivered a number of projects to meet the needs of substance misuse, including: clinics, day care facilities and in-patient schemes.
Our modernisation work to Mental Health in-patient and out-patient buildings over the past 20 years has provided us with invaluable experience in these areas:
- Anti-ligature issues – Including purpose designed furniture
- Noise control – Providing good acoustic separation between sensitive spaces and within open plan office environments
- Circulation and access control: We aim to create simple circulation systems, avoiding blind spots and enabling observation and management by staff
- Patient and staff safety: We design safe escape routes for staff, such that neither staff nor patients feel trapped
- Non-institutional design: Access to natural lighting is important to provide a quiet, calm and natural environment, where views of the outside should be available
- Consultation: The design process must include active participation of clinical and non-clinical staff – an interdisciplinary approach
- M&E integration: We are particularly aware of the health and safety issues associated with mechanical & electrical systems and the need for their close integration within the spatial design
- Multi-functional design: Designing rooms that are flexible to meet the needs of different users & uses
- Site safety and accessibility: Including designing parking areas to ensure pedestrians are separated from vehicles where possible, with visitor parking clearly signposted and close to the main entrance