Tilbury Douglas completes £20m Red Kite View in Leeds

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Red Kite View
Red Kite View - credit Richard Wilson Photography

Tilbury Douglas has finished construction of the £20m mental health inpatient unit, Red Kite View, for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The new mental health inpatient unit, in Armley, comprises 22 beds for young people aged between 13 and 18.

The two main wards will be staffed by a team of 100 nurses, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, teachers and a wide range of allied health professionals and non-clinical support staff who will offer therapy and treatment to those most vulnerable.

It replaces the 8-bed unit at Little Woodhouse Hall to eliminate out-of-area placements for those who need inpatient admission but can’t access a bed locally.

Mental wellbeing and rehabilitation

It has been designed in partnership with clinicians and young people who decided on the name ‘Red Kite View’ and will focus on helping patients return to their families as soon as possible.

Dawn Hanwell, Deputy Chief Executive at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It has been my absolute privilege to lead this project and finally see it come to fruition after five years of hard work from a huge range of people.

“This is our first project with Tilbury Douglas, but it has been a genuine partnership, and an enjoyable and positive experience for all stakeholders, overcoming a number of challenges to deliver a world class facility on a complex site.”

“Brilliant facility for the region”

John Gittins, Divisional Director – North at Tilbury Douglas, commented: “We are extremely proud to be associated with Red Kite View. In partnership we have successfully delivered a highly sustainable building incorporating air source heat pumps and photovoltaics to reduce carbon.

“We also provided flexibility and innovations along the journey to counter the challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit. Congratulations to all the team and partners, this is a really brilliant facility for the region.”

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