Hellesdon Rivers Centre

All the latest about our multi-million pound Rivers Centre plans

Hellesdon Rivers Centre

NSFT will soon commence construction of an exciting multi-million pound project to further improve safety and quality at the Hellesdon Hospital site in Norwich.

A lot of work has been taking place to develop designs for our new wards at Hellesdon Hospital with the help of our service users, carers and staff. The new campus will be called the Rivers Centre.

The scheme will mean we will have 48 beds in three new wards. At the same time, the design team are looking at how we can incorporate our current buildings and structures into the new-look campus to help us to make the best use of the funding available while also reducing its environmental impact. As a result, we are planning to repurpose some of our buildings into new offices and therapy areas. We will also be refurbishing existing wards to create a further two refurbished inpatient units. This takes the total number of beds we are able to offer at the Norwich site to 80 by 2024 and will see an extra 15 beds for the Trust.

We are planning for four of the five wards to be single gender accommodation to improve safety, dignity and privacy of those we care for who are most unwell, in line with government guidance. The only mixed gender ward will be the longer stay Kestrel Ward.

Our existing wards will be linked to the new build by a welcoming central hub. This will be carefully designed to promote a feeling of community. This central area will house a main reception, café, fresh cook kitchen and tribunal facility and will be the ‘heart’ of the development.

Another important element of the scheme will be the outside space. The designs make full use of the natural environment at our Hellesdon site with the aim of providing a haven where both patients and staff can relax away from our clinical areas. We hope that this will have a positive impact on everyone’s wellbeing, while also playing an important role in our service users’ recovery.

We have been listening carefully to our service users, staff and stakeholders as these concepts have been developed which has been essential in helping to shape these designs. 

We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions which are provided on the right-hand side of this pagealong with the latest plans. 

The next opportunity to get involved will be a series of workshops run by Hospital Rooms to inform the design of 15 pieces of art for the campus. You can find more information on the right-hand side of this page.

For more information, printed versions of this information or details of how to get involved in this project, please email: hellesdonnewwards@nsft.nhs.uk.

Watch a video summarising our plans

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