Fairfield VIC, Australia
Department of Health & Human Services Victoria
The Thomas Embling Hospital masterplan by MAAP has informed the design for the hospital’s Secure Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit which was constructed following a fast-track program alongside existing high secure hospital areas winning the best mental health project award at the European Healthcare Design Awards in 2020.
Secure Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit
Lyn Kilpatrick the original masterplan architect visited the SPICU and was complimentary of the design and planning. He was also very happy with the siting and the respect for keeping the green space and vistas. He had just visited some Scandinavian facilities – SPICU compared well.
The SPICU meets the episodic needs of high risk mentally ill patients transferred from prison with secure humane containment and facilities for therapeutic engagement, potentially separate to other patients.
The facility provides residential accommodation for the stabilisation of patients alongside carefully planned day spaces, de-escalation, seclusion and treatment rooms, and secure patient courtyards near staff offices and support spaces.
Working in collaboration with DesignInc, the team were involved in developing the model of care and functional brief through an intensive user engagement process. The unit is located to engage with long views beyond the secure campus boundary and provides access to gardens.
Mental Health Award
European Healthcare Design Awards