Main contractor appointed for Fife mental health hospital

Graham Construction to build new intensive psychiatric care unit at Stratheden Hospital

Graham Construction has been appointed as the main contractor for the new Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) at Stratheden Hospital in Fife.

The new energy-efficient IPCU has been developed as part of NHS Fife’s improvement plan Getting Better in Fife and will provide care for highly-vulnerable patients.

The new facilities will include eight en-suite single bedrooms, space for therapeutic and rehabilitative activities, a communal lounge and dining accommodation, visiting and staff areas, consulting and meeting rooms , and secure external grounds.

The development will also include additional features to ensure security for patients and staff using bio-dynamic lighting, nurse call systems, access control, and CCTV.

Gary Holmes, regional director at Graham Construction, said: “Graham Construction is looking forward to working closely with NHS Scotland to deliver this important project.”

The replacement of the existing unit with purpose-built accommodation is a crucial part of the strategy to improve mental health services in Fife. The new unit will ensure that patients can be cared for in a tranquil, therapeutic setting designed to support recovery and result in earlier discharge.

Alan Wilson, estates manager for NHS Fife, said: “The design concept will promote a safe and therapeutic environment for the delivery of first-class patient care.”

The project is being delivered under the HFS2 Framework which is delivering design, development and construction projects across Scotland for the NHS over the next six years.

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