Winner: The Acute Mental Health Inpatient Centre (AMHIC), Belfast
4 Jun 2020
The Acute Mental Health Inpatient Centre (AMHIC), Belfast City Hospital, won the ‘Healthcare Category’ at the 2020 RICS Social Impact Awards during Mental Health Awareness Week – how fitting. The project breaks the institutional mould and aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. The unusual design of the centre at Belfast City Hospital provides 80 patient beds in five wards. The wards are arranged as rooms around a garden with bedrooms on three sides and social facilities on the other. It is hoped the experience of using the hospital will be one dominated by moving through gardens rather than the usual equivalent of moving through endless corridors. Vaughan Engineering are very proud to have partnered the Graham Bam Team that delivered this facility to help acutely mentally ill adults in the Belfast area, the first purpose built facility of its kind.