Denis Hill Unit
An existing 30 bedroom addictions unit in Beckenham, originally built as a medium secure unit in 1975, was adapted to provide two separate wards with 26 en suite bedrooms and shared therapy facilities in 2012. A new therapeutic environment was created through an interior design approach that considered wayfinding. This was enhanced by the installation of contemporary art work, whilst utilising the existing mature gardens.
The fast track programme meant that the construction period was divided into two contracts with design development taking place to suit the tight procurement time scale.
Key clinical issues concerning safety, observation and hygiene were addressed through highly detailed bathroom design, fitted furniture to the bedrooms and reconfiguring the communal areas. The interior design for the new wards was developed with the clinical team to provide a contemporary feel to the therapeautic environment. Shared facilities between the two wards included an extended Art and Activities space, ADL kitchen and Confinement Suite.