Groundbreaking ceremony for new mental health facilities
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Construction has started on two new state-of-the-art mental health facilities at Springfield Hospital in Tooting.
The Leader of Wandsworth Council Cllr Ravi Govindia and the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Jane Cooper attended a ceremony to break ground on the new buildings on Monday (Feb 11).
Clr Govindia has welcomed the investment in new mental health inpatient facilities: “This has been 16 years in the making, so I’m delighted that work has started replacing the outdated old Victorian buildings with these new facilities. It will mean Wandsworth residents will have access to some of the most modern and comprehensive mental health services in London,” he said.
“The facilities will be a key part of the new development being created on the Tooting site, which includes 839 new homes for local families and a 32-acre public park – the first of its kind since the Olympic Park in 2012. This will help break down the stigma around mental health by putting services at the heart of the Wandsworth community.”
A big thank you to Mayor of #Kingston Margaret Thompson and Mayor of #Wandsworth Jane Cooper who joined forces to cut our delicious celebration cake to mark the start of construction on our new #mentalhealth facilities #estatemodernisation pic.twitter.com/owDlLuK64N— SWLSTG (@SWLSTG) February 10, 2020
The facilities have been built as part of the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust’s Estate Modernisation Programme to transform the way it delivers mental health services for 1.1m people in south west London. There will also be extensive community healthcare, land will be made available for a potential new school and there will be £5m targeted for improvements to local transport links.
Wandsworth has also been chosen by the NHS as one of the Government’s Trailblazer sites for the new Mental Health in School project, which sees schools, health and social care professionals and the council working together to deliver training and support for young people and their families and carers.
Local health services, including the Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group, St George’s Hospital and the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, the voluntary sector and the council have also collaborated to draw up the Wandsworth Health and Care Plan. This has a range of actions to enable local people to start, live and age well, including measures to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people by investing in new services.