STRUCTURE: The trust has officially opened a £13.6m mental health unit at its Birch Hill Hospital site in Rochdale.

Prospect Place is a low secure unit for men that have severe and enduring mental health problems. 

It was officially opened by the Rt Hon. Lord Bradley, author of an independent review of people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system.

Trust chief executive John Archer said: “There is a large demand for low secure mental health facilities in the North West and our £13.6m investment to develop Prospect Place will provide a valuable service to vulnerable men living in within our area.

“The building is extremely impressive and has been designed with mental health service users in mind so that we can provide the best possible care in a purpose-built unit, within the local community.”

The development includes 45 beds and is described as “modern and spacious”, with all patients having a separate room with en-suite facility, as well as access to sports and recreational facilities within 1095m² of outdoor space. 

The unit was designed by Aedas and built by construction company Interserve.