Mental Health Place of Safety extension, Miranda House, Hull

Mental Health Place of Safety, Hull


Who was involved

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust / Alessandro Caruso Architects (ACA)

Project outcome

The Trust appointed ACA to design an extension and improvement works of suite 136. Most importantly, the aim was to ensure the safety of staff and service-users and to improve the admission experience.  ACA’s specialist mental health architecture knowledge was instrumental in developing a design with a subliminal purpose; to positively influence behaviour yet deter aggression or self-destructive tendencies.

The Design

The integration of anti-ligature features was crucial to the interior design strategy to create a safe environment for service users. Therefore, ACA’s design team carefully selected anti-ligature windows, doors and furniture, to prevent incidents, misuse or self-harm.

ACA focused on therapeutic environment design principles to create a welcoming and safe environment. Therefore, all new rooms benefit from a window to maximise access to natural daylight. However, where it was not possible to have a window, the design team introduced sky lights for the same purpose.  Moreover, all doors benefit from vision panels with a dual operating mechanism to clear or obscure the glass, depending on the need.  This supports unobtrusive observation of service users as well as retaining privacy in the room.

Our team designed the environment to minimise noise and promote a sense of calm and safety for service users. This was achieved by the careful selection of sound-absorbing floor finishes, ceiling, and soft furnishings.