Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust held a ‘Topping Out’ ceremony on the site to mark the final brick being placed on the first phase of the building. Following a public vote, the suite names were also revealed as being named after iconic writers such as Shakespeare, Dickens and Keats. A number of construction and design partners were in attendance along with the Expert Service User and Carer Group, staff and the Trust’s Chair and Chief Executive.
L-R Ian Challinor (Site Manager), Neil Craig (Site Supervisor), Heather Tierney-Moore (Chief Executive)
Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“I am really pleased that we have been able to mark the fact that the construction is well underway. It’s been great that so many members of the public and partner organisations have been involved throughout the construction process so far and the Trust will continue to engage with them throughout the process.
“I was delighted to reveal the suite names as chosen by the public and it really feels like the building already belongs to the people it is set to provide care for.”
Following the conclusion of the ceremony attendees were given the opportunity to visit one of the functional acute wards.
Mark Thomas, Regional Director at Integrated Health Projects (IHP) said:
“It is exciting to have seen this building develop over time and to have reached this key milestone in the construction programme. The new hospital will be a leading mental health unit for the North West and will raise the standards of patient quality care.”
The new facility, located in Blackpool, will provide a total of 154 beds including a psychiatric intensive care unit. The scheme is due for completion late 2014 and will become operational by Spring 2015.