The refurbishment of the Moorside unit, a mental health hospital based in Urmston, has been highly commended at the international Design in Mental Health Awards 2023.

The unit, which is part of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), provides inpatient care for adults in Trafford, to help them on their mental health recovery journey and support them to transition back into the community safety.

It is also the location of consultant-led outpatient clinic appointments.

The aim of the refurbishment was to create a welcoming waiting area that separates inpatient and outpatient services.

Key features of the refurbishment include a green colour scheme, which is known to promote a feeling of calm and relaxation, a new layout, discreet room dividers, an LED skylight, and new visitor toilet facilities and furniture and flooring.

The refurb was highly commended in the ‘Low Cost - High Impact’ category of the Design in Mental Health Awards 2023 which took place last month.

One service user, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The reception area at Moorside in Trafford is unlike any reception area I have ever seen.

“It is bright green which is a calming and positive colour, and the design and furniture are fresh, new, and matching. The skylight creates a dimension and focal point. It is very modern and welcoming.”

Another service user, who also wished to remain anonymous, added: “I have been coming to Moorside as an outpatient for years. The new reception is warm, welcoming, and bright - it cheers me up. It is much better than it was. I like it.”

Marc Reed, associate director of capital, estates, and facilities at GMMH said: “This recognition at the prestigious, international Design in Mental Health Awards is a real testament to our project's success.

“It highlights the dedication and expertise of our fantastic Capital Services team, in delivering impactful projects within limited budgets. It serves as an inspiring example of how design can create meaningful change in improving mental health care.”