Guild Lodge is a medium secure mental health care hospital for men and women from the Lancashire and South Cumbria areas of North West England.
The Step Down Unit comprises a 20-bed oval shaped facility that also contains five stand-alone apartments with kitchen, living room and bedrooms arranged around a central courtyard, providing both security and visibility to ensure staff can monitor service users at all times yet provides freedom to have fresh air in a natural setting.
The aim of the unit is to provide a safe environment for the patients to begin to rebuild their independence in preparation for transfer to less secure settings.
FBS supplied fitted furniture for all 20 bedrooms and also fitted furniture for the various kitchen areas, support areas, class-rooms and staff areas.
The furniture specification was particularly demanding, requiring extremely durable construction, anti-tamper features and concealed fixings.
A major feature was the elimination of ligature points by the use of design features such as continuous hinges, recessed handles and integral clothes rails. All furniture and worktops also had to be specially shaped to fit the rooms which followed the curved outline of the building.
Value – £165,000
Completed – October 2012
Main Contractor – IHP
Architect – Gilling Dod