“Going beyond “let’s talk” to let’s take action.”
With the opening of the Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building on November 7, 2014, St. Joseph’s Health Care London took a significant step in the care, recovery, and rehabilitation of adolescents and adults experiencing severe and persistent mental illness.
Designed by Parkin Architects Limited in joint venture with Tillmann Ruth Robinson (aTRR) to respond to the Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) model of care used by the hospital, the Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building promotes individual growth and skill development. The building is layered in a distinct configuration of “The Downtown”, “The House” and “The Neighbourhood” to represent the patients’ gradual recovery and potential movement back into the community.
Three strategically placed courtyards gardens penetrate the building, introducing natural light and natural settings into the heart of the building. These courtyards, coupled with secure therapeutic gardens and views to the exterior associated with the clinical inpatient units, provide a healing environment that support patients during their recovery times in the facility.
Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building is a P3 project and targets LEED certification. With 156 individual patient bedrooms and bathrooms, 10,000 square feet of research space, and 460,587 square feet of healing and therapeutic space it provides a contemporary healing environment that fosters dignity throughout the patient’s care, recovery and rehabilitation.