STRUCTURE: The Department of Health has approved a multi-million rebuild of the Broadmoor high-secure psychiatric hospital.

The decision has been on hold for nine years.

In 2003 the Commission for Health Improvement said the “accommodation at Broadmoor Hospital is no longer fit for the delivery of modern mental health services”.

The Berkshire hospital is managed by West London Mental Health Trust.

The DH said the investment “will be completed” by 2018.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: “It is clear that the facilities at Broadmoor are no longer fit for purpose. This investment is vital if we are to maintain security at the site and provide patients with treatment in the most appropriate conditions.

“The redevelopment will ensure that the hospital can provide facilities where patients can be treated and recover in a safe and restricted environment. We cannot let this hospital continue to crumble.”