CASE STUDY // Caring

Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Forster Green, Glencregagh Road, Belfast


Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit


Forster Green, Glencregagh Road, Belfast



Contractor / Lead Consultant

Farrans | McAdam Design




The Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit is a purpose-built facility that combines adolescent services, a child and family centre and a learning centre in a single location.


Key features:
  • the elevated site has stands of protected mature trees, and we worked with arboriculturists and the government Landscape Service to formulate an appropriate strategy
  • mass shrub/woodland planting on the boundaries of the site provides a unifying structural framework to the landscape and buildings
  • formal tree planting accentuates the more formal and structured parts of the development and gives vertical expression to the converging lines of the circulation routes
  • ornamental planting is used at focal points to emphasise a destination, or within courtyards etc for enhanced amenity value
  • outdoor spaces were designed to relate intimately to the indoor spaces, e.g., areas for picnics and barbecues outside dining rooms; play terraces related directly to the indoor recreation area and formal outdoor children’s play area
  • in all areas, detailed design maximised opportunities for sensory stimulation. A vegetable garden and greenhouse were provided
  • the intensive care wing has its own secure outdoor space, which was carefully designed to avoid opportunities for self-harm
  • similarly, care was applied to all outdoor spaces – including planting – to avoid undue risk
  • the central courtyard was designed in collaboration with an artist as a setting for several pieces of sculpture


We’re proud to have been part of this complex, ambitious and important project, helping to create a safe, restful and pleasant environment for vulnerable young people, their families and visitors, as well as staff. It provides year-round interest and sensory stimulation, and combines an exceptional variety of functions and spaces.


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