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Redevelopment of Broadmoor and St Bernard’s hospitals secured

23 December 2013

Medium secure unit scale model

Medium secure unit scale model

The Department of Health today approved West London Mental Health NHS Trust’s redevelopment plans for Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire and a new medium secure unit (MSU) at St Bernard’s Hospital in Ealing.

The redevelopments will lead to a new era of care for mental health patients and forensic services.

At the heart of this work will be the replacement of outdated Victorian buildings with new purpose-built hospitals that will provide a safe environment for patients and staff while protecting the public. The new buildings will also provide improved environments in which to deliver clinical care. These will help patients in their recovery, reduce treatment times and support more efficient delivery of care.

The projects will cost £242 and £60 million respectively, with the majority of funding being generated from the trust’s own capital budget, sales of its surplus lands and public capital from the Department of Health.

Broadmoor Hospital scale model

Trust chairman, Nigel McCorkell, said:  “This is a significant achievement for everyone involved in mental health care. Given the difficulties and restrictions the current Victorian environment at both Broadmoor Hospital and the St Bernard’s medium secure unit present our doctors, nurses and other staff have done an amazing job of providing high quality and safe care for our patients and service users.

“However, today’s announcement means that the trust can now start to change that and begin the extensive modernisation process which will truly make these constraints and limitations a thing of the past.”

The trust will now embark on a major two year redevelopment programme at St Bernard’s Hospital in Ealing which will create an 80 bed medium secure unit. This will sit alongside the existing regional secure unit (RSU) and Wells Unit surrounded by a secure perimeter with one single entrance to create the Three Bridges Medium Secure Campus.

Simultaneously, the trust will be completing the redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital which will see the construction of 10 new wards in addition to six existing ones. When completed in 2017 the hospital will be able to accommodate 210 male patients; providing an additional 24 spare beds, if needed, as well as an improved working environment for ward staff.

Additional information for the media

1. The full business case outlines:

  • Any changes and/or developments that have occurred since the outline business case
  • Details of the procurement process
  • An appraisal of suppliers’ bids and a conventional procurement option
  • Review of strategic fit, options, value for money, affordability and achievability
  • Timetable for final negotiations and award of contract.

2. Following a public engagement exercise to look at proposed options at St Bernard’s, the trust put forward four options:

  • Option 1 – reconfiguration of John Conolly Wing (JCW)
  • Option 2 – reconfiguration and extension of the Orchard
  • Option 3 – construct new medium secure unit (MSU) on JCW site
  • Option 4 – construct MSU in centre of site

Following a number of stakeholder engagement exercises, the trust board decided that option 3 should be developed.

3. As one of only three high secure establishments in Britain, Broadmoor Hospital plays an important role in providing an effective, but secure facility for the specialist treatment of patients with mental illness, and or personality disorders. The new hospital will be constructed within the existing grounds, and is scheduled to house patients from the beginning of 2017.

4. West London Mental Health NHS Trust is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country. It provides a full range of mental health services for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, in addition to specialist and forensic mental health services, including high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital. It aims to meet the diverse needs of a local population of nearly 700,000 people and employs around 3,500 staff across 25 sites.

Contact details

Helene Feger, director of communications: 020-8354-8847 or 07817-393-861 or email

Celia Dadzie, redevelopment communications manager, on 020-8354-8717 or 07896- 597-556 or email