Harplands Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

Harplands Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

This collaboratively approached design and build project involved numerous stakeholders and professionals with whom we have had the pleasure to work with on this and previous projects.

The wards at Harplands Hospital provide overnight facilities for the admission, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill patients.  There are three wards in total; one supports high dependency needs and two offer single sex environments. Ward 1 also provides a ‘Place of Safety’ bed, which supports people in severe crisis who have come into contact with the Police. There are 60 beds across the three wards providing general acute psychiatry care.  The wards link into community-based services in the Integrated Community Mental Health Resource Centres based across Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire.  This project is to refurbish and extend the area of Ward 1, to provide a new PICU and shared facilities. The project also includes external building fabric alterations and hard and soft landscaping to accommodate the extension and alterations.

Design and Construction Challenges

  • Project Phasing due to live ward
  • Requirement to maintain particular ward facilities (seclusion Room, secure garden)
  • Sensitive environment due to the nature of the end users’ conditions
  • Awareness of anti-ligature requirements in design and construction
  • Access control requirements (patients, site staff and trust staff)
  • Fire escape routes to be maintained within and around the site
  • Safe barrier between live site and live ward including dust and noise control
  • Security of site, tools and plant


This project whilst being highly complex was delivered to the highest standards, on programme and whole project team are extremely proud of the end result.  Sandycroft have delivered other projects on this site successfully however in this instance it was terrific to get a mention from director of the facility commending our workmanship and general attitude.


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