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The Orchard

A women's enhanced medium secure unit built for West London Mental Health Trust completed in 2007 whilst John was an associate at Tuke Manson Architects. The building was commissioned in response to the Department of Health's consultation paper "Women's Mental Health: Into the Mainstream" to provide enhanced levels of treatment for women in a medium secure setting.

The ward design and the shape of the patient bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms allow for patient observation and give a balance between private and shared spaces. Open and light shared spaces are associated with intimate quiet rooms and group therapy rooms. The colour and lighting schemes were developed in close consultation with the staff and patients. Natural light is brought into deep plan ground floor areas through roof lights in the first floor courtyards. Large windows in the open plan spaces throw light onto coloured feature walls and connect with the surrounding gardens.