Crittall windows help keep troubled youngsters safe

CleanVent windows installed at Junction 17 inpatient mental health unit

The CleanVent windows aid security while meeting anti-ligature requirements

A residential unit for vulnerable children and adolescents in the North West of England features Crittall’s Fendor CleanVent security windows.

Junction 17, designed by architects Gilling Dod, was commissioned by Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust to provide facilities for 24 inpatients aged between 13-17.

The unit, at Prestwich, is a Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services facility for young people with significant mental health needs and who may pose a high risk to themselves and others.

Typical symptoms or conditions may include self-harming behaviour and psychosis.

For this reason windows in rooms to which patients have access must have an anti-ligature feature.

Junction 17 has been designed with full input from the professional users of the building with the intention of providing a modern, uplifting and non-institutional appearance.

Junction 17 caters for young people with severe mental health problems

In addition to the inpatient accommodation. there is an intensive care suite, therapy and activity spaces, and a fully-equipped college and learning zone.

The aluminium CleanVent windows specified complement this modern, non-institutional feel while satisfying the anti-ligature requirements, meeting the security level of the building as well as providing natural ventilation.

Crittall also supplied doors and curtain walling for the project.

CleanVent is a unique, patented, sliding security window providing SecureLock access to the protected glazing behind the security mesh.

The windows can be internally or externally opened depending on the security lever required.

It was developed as a direct result of feedback from NHS trusts across the UK and following extensive research and testing.

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