Sector: Health Care

The Cedars Mental Health Unit (Feasibility Study Project)

Project Description

The Cedars is an acute mental health unit located at the Royal Devon and Exeter site in Exeter providing psychiatric inpatient care for men and women with mental health issues

The project involved reconfiguration and refurbishment of the two Seclusion Suites to provide secure, safe and HBN compliant facilities including a De-escalation Lounge with en-suite WC and shower, a Seclusion Room with en-suite WC and shower and a secure lobby for staff

Dedicated mental health unit run by Devon Partnership NHS Trust providing assessment and treatment for both men and women’

Project Involvement

SDS were appointed to review the feasibility of the proposed works

Due to budget constraints, SDS also reviewed various ways in which the works could be phased and how this impacted on potential project time scales and budget

Incorporated sophisticated systems including staff attack, door alarms and related technologies, such as security design to enhance security with CCTV cameras protecting the perimeter and key entry positions, with access control system to secure areas

Hot and cold water supplies to refurbished welfare facilities

Out of hours building and property protection through the use of automatic intruder detection and alarm systems.

Project Benefits

The feasibility delivered new seclusion rooms with updated services to reflect HTM guidance including comfort cooling and fully anti ligature fittings and services

Pro-active advice on the engineering requirements of the Health Technical Memorandum and Health Building Notes

Greater office space including improved air quality delivered through the use of demand controlled heat recovery ventilation

Efficient MEP systems and controls that offer reliability and ease of maintenance.