The Bluestone Unit, Craigavon
This is a 74 bed mental health and psychiatric unit one hour south of Belfast. It is a mixed sex facility that has been designed to allow the ration of men to women change over time. The project has been undertaken with Hall Black Douglas Architects, based in Northern Ireland. The provision of outdoor spaces that heal is key to the concept, and the public spaces and private gardens at the back of the building provide secure, protective and comforting spaces for the patients. The building has been designed on a domestic scale using natural materials whereever possible.
The site is overlooked by a nearby village, posing issues for planning and security. A great deal of consultation with the local community was undertaken before designing the facility.
Winner of the Best Mental Healthcare Building at the Building Better Healthcare Awards, 2008. Highly Commended at the International Design & Health Awards, 2009.