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Pennine Care Low Secure Unit

Rochdale, UK

project overview

New hospital building which prioritises privacy and security

Created through the P21 framework, the unit is set within the grounds of the existing Birch Hill Hospital which specialises in Mental Health Care. The new build, low secure unit for Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust provides 45 beds in three units covering engagement and assessment, recovery and intervention and social inclusion.

The project is designed around four courtyards offering a mix of scale and treatment which respond to the needs of the patients. This was important as it not only ensures engagement, security and dignity for the people using the building, but also allows the patients to have the necessary privacy with a tightly constrained urban site which includes an existing road, hospital buildings and neighbouring residential buildings.

All three units enjoy access to a secure outdoor space, whilst bedrooms open up to the views surrounding the hospital site through angled windows that maintain the privacy and dignity of the patients by avoiding direct views into the individual rooms from the surrounding neighbourhood.


key information

Project summary


Rochdale, OL12 9QB


Rochdale Care NHS Foundation Trust






3,000 m2


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