16 Mar 2012
Bracknell Forest Council yesterday approved plans for our proposed redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital. The Council’s Planning Committee unanimously granted us permission to construct a new hospital within our existing grounds subject to the completion of a s106 agreement. This marks another successful stage in the process to upgrade the Victorian Hospital, making it fit for purpose and a suitable environment for the provision of 21st century mental health care.
In October 2011, we submitted our planning application to Bracknell Forest Council to construct a new building, consisting of 10 new wards and providing accommodation for 210 patients. Specifically designed in line with our new model of care, its layout and services will help staff carry out their day to day activities, motivate patients and lead to better clinical outcomes.
Attending the meeting Vickie Holcroft, Programme Director said: “We’re delighted with the Council’s decision to give this extremely important project the go ahead. I hope that the Council’s backing goes someway in helping the Trust achieve its goals and continuing with the often difficult, but necessary work of rehabilitation of these severely, mentally ill patients. This announcement has done a great deal to boost staff morale and the Trust’s confidence that the Department of Health will approve our outline business case shortly.”
Once approved, we will develop the detailed design and submit a full business case for approval early 2013. In the meantime we will continue with a number of enabling projects to ensure the site is ready to start construction of the new hospital in the autumn of 2013.
Expected to open in late 2016, our proposed new Hospital will provide a safe, secure setting for our patients using the latest design and technology.
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