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actively encourages engagement with local people. From the off, AFL Architects and its client, the 5 Boroughs


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Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, have intended it to provide not only a superb medical asset but an accessible com- munity hub for the people of Leigh in Greater Manchester. Atherleigh Park’s superb health facilities are split across two


buildings. One will provide a 24-hour psychiatric assessment service and in-patient care for adults suffering from mental ill-health. This will be through individual en-suite rooms in a


hen it opens, the £40 million, 90-bed Atherleigh Park Hospital will not be an isolated, hidden nstitution, but a restful, calming place that


male ward, a female ward and, a psychiatric intensive care unit. In the separate Later Life and Memory Service (LLAMS) building are a further 42 ensuite bedrooms for older people with dementia and memory-related conditions. The hospital will also provide space for use by other mental


health and related community service providers including charities, voluntary groups and housing organisations. So, for the architects, the challenge was to design a building


that has to work on three fronts: meeting the practical clinical and operational requirements of a modern hospital; ensuring patients and visitors feel at ease; and achieving integration with the community. No easy task. Continued overleaf...


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