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Contractor appointed to build our new mental health inpatient facility in Highgate

The Trust has announced the appointment of BAM Construction Ltd to build its new mental health inpatient facility in Highgate.

Construction of the new building, opposite the Trust's existing Highgate Mental Health Centre, is due to begin later this year, following planning permission approval. The new, purpose-built facility, with five wards, a gym, dedicated activity spaces and a community café, will replace the mental health inpatient wards at St Pancras Hospital which are ageing and no longer fit-for-purpose.

During the last 12 months the Trust has worked closely with service users, carers, staff and architects to co-design the new facility. This has involved listening to their ideas, suggestions and experience of using existing inpatient services, with the feedback received helping to shape the design of the new building.

BAM is behind more than 100 health schemes in London alone. It was appointed following a competitive process under the Procure 22 framework.

The new building will replace the Trust's ageing inpatient mental health wards at St Pancras Hospital. The present wards at St Pancras Hospital do not meet modern health and safety needs, nor do they provide an effective therapeutic environment. The new facility is estimated to cost in the region of £70 million. Building will begin later this year, subject to planning permission being gained, and complete in summer 2022.

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) is the largest provider of mental health and substance misuse services to people living within the London boroughs of Camden and Islington.

BAM Construction in London is part of both BAM Construct UK which in turn is part of Royal BAM Group. In 150 years it has delivered some of the world's most iconic and innovative structures, and is a pioneer in new thinking for the built environment.

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