Ferndene CAMHS, Prudhoe

Client: Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Location: Prudhoe, Northumberland

Value: £22M

Project Outline:  A new build integrated CAMHS / Learning Disability Centre at Prudhoe in Northumberland. This 40-bedroom residential and day centre accommodates children, aged 10 to 18 years old.

Grafted into a mature landscape on the fringe of Northumberland’s countryside, Ferndene brings together children and adolescent mental health and learning disability services for the first time, in a design that engages at different levels with its environment.

The building is conceived as a hand with fingers of bedroom accommodation spanning out from a central activity building in the palm. A corridor on one side of each finger provides a view out and natural light in. Courtyard gardens signal the transition from private bed spaces to shared therapy areas. This arrangement of graduated space is clear at the entrance where a view through the entire building and beyond makes a bright and uplifting welcome for patients and visitors.

The positioning of living and day space at the fingertip sets up panoramic views over the mature woodland and Northumbrian hills beyond.

Services: Trust Cost Advisor

Roles and Achievements: Ferndene brought together children’s mental health and learning disability services for the first time in the UK and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including –

  • Constructing Excellence National Awards: Integration & Collaborative Working Award
  • International Academy of Design and Health: Best International Mental Health
  • Constructing Excellence North East Awards: Project of the Year; Client of the Year; Integration & Collaborative Working; Highly Commended – Legacy Award for Sustainability
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards: Best Use of the Arts
  • Society of British Interior Design: Innovation Award
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