12 October 2018
Work is set to start on a project to deliver enhanced patient care for the Trust’s mental health service users in Luton.
 
More than £2m is being invested in a project to modernise our town centre base.

 

Charter House in Alma Street will receive new heating and cooling systems and a facelift to improve the internal environment for staff and service users.

 

The 10-storey site will also be reconfigured to provide expanded space for clinical teams. The CMHT (Community Mental Health Teams) services, currently based on one floor, will be given two floors for their work.

 

The Luton CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) teams will have three floors of the building. They currently use two.

 

Other support services will relocate within Charter House to provide the extra space for the clinical teams.
Work is due to start on 22nd October 2018 and last approximately 10 months.

 

“I am delighted to have reached a stage where we can start this project which will benefit staff and service users,” said Michelle Bradlley, Director for Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services.

 

“The project is more cost-effective than moving away from Charter House and ensures we can provide enhanced patient care and support from a site in the heart of Luton.”

 

Work will be completed in phases, with some staff temporarily relocating to different floors. The Trust does not anticipate any disruption to service users attending appointments.

 

The Trust completed a detailed review of options for Luton as the lease for Charter House neared its end.

 

The decision was made to sign a new lease and commit to remaining at Charter House for the long term after the site was identified as the top option for location and best investment of NHS funds.