THE National Centre for Mental Health in Birmingham has been shortlisted in the building better healthcare awards which recognise the best in healthcare environments and architecture.
The £70 million complex, which is part of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) was opened in May 2008, and is regarded as one of the most advanced facilities in Europe.
The state-of-the-art centre is competing for the Best interior design award, which will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 13.
Speaking about the Trust's success, Chief Executive Sue Turner said, "We are delighted that we have been shortlisted for this award. A huge amount of planning and effort went into the design of every aspect of the new facility which ensures our patients receive the highest quality treatment and care in a safe and dignified environment, which promotes hope and recovery".
Judged by leading experts in the field of architecture, design and build, and chaired by the special advisor for health at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), the awards are well respected and considered the benchmark in industry best practice.
Martha McSweeney, Architect of Nightingale Associates, who worked on the project in Birmingham said: "It is fantastic that the National Centre for Mental Health -Birmingham has been named as a finalist in the BBH Awards. It's a real testament to our commitment to providing a high-quality mental health design and the dedication of the Trusts project team in providing the best possible environment for service users, carers and staff. This is excellent recognition for the new buildings and all the team involved."
The winners of each category were set to be announced this week at a prestigious ceremony at The Brewery in London.