Kingfisher Court Now Fully Occupied
In October 2014, Osborne completed the construction of Kingfisher Court, the £31million acute mental health unit facilities for Hertfordshire Partnership NHS University Foundation Trust.
Osborne is pleased to announce that the new facilities are now fully occupied, with the final patients moving in to the South Block today, Friday 14 November.
Following the handover of the North Block earlier this summer, Kingfisher Court’s new users have been moving in gradually from Monday 10 November, being transferred from the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Welwyn Garden City.
With the new building set to provide a ‘home away from home’ for many patients, Andrew Osborne, Chairman for Osborne explained: “We are pleased to have worked on Kingfisher Court, which is offering some of the most advanced facilities in the country and will make a real difference to people suffering from mental illness.”
Deputy PM Nick Clegg also used Kingfisher Court as his setting in August to announce his pledge to raise mental health research spending by 2020.
The 86-bed building is set over two single and double-storey buildings. These are joined by a link with five wards, with en-suite facilities for patients which provide comfort, privacy and dignity to aid recovery. There are also guest rooms for visiting family, alongside a family room, cafeteria and pharmacy. Over 24,000sqm of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) from Osborne’s subsidiary company, Innovaré were used in the build – enough to cover five full-size football pitches.
Osborne’s Senior Project Manager at Kingfisher Court, Mike Trigg, explained:
“It is very rewarding to see this stunning project completed. Kingfisher Court is a credit to the professionalism of all of the parties involved – Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the design team, the subcontractors, but especially the site team, who deserve special thanks for their commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and teamwork in achieving and exceeding the Trust’s expectations.”