Clock View Mental Health Hospital



Clock View is a new generation of purpose-built inpatient mental health facilities, run by Mersey Care NHS Trust.  It is situated on Rice Lane, in Walton, Liverpool.  The facility opened in March 2015, and cost £25 million to build. Clock View will treat local people for a range of mental health issues including depression, anxiety and dementia, providing 80 individual bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, across five wards. It will also provide the city’s new psychiatric intensive care unit for those most in distress and in need of urgent inpatient care and a base for the Trust’s assessment team, including a mental health act section 136 suite. 


Clock View is designed to improve the experience of patients by providing a therapeutic environment combined with patient-centred care to improve recovery, wellbeing and reduce lengths of stay. The two storey building of approx. 6,000m2 provides light and airy spaces, individual bedrooms of the highest standards for privacy and dignity, as well as communal activity areas and safe inner courtyard gardens to aid people’s recovery. Off-ward spaces include learning and education spaces; a café; a range of individual and group therapy/activity spaces, space for self-help, advocacy and voluntary organisations; spiritual space; family visiting rooms and meeting rooms, all contained in attractive low level buildings surrounded by landscaping.  The building was also designed and constructed to achieve BREEAM Excellent standard.


A Healing Environment


The hospital has been built with recovery at its heart. To illustrate the idea that recovery is a journey we travel on, many aspects of artwork have been incorporated in the design and fabric of the building. The theme follows the use of bats and rivers, evident throughout the hospital in the form of art installations, glass panels and names of wards. All of the artwork was produced in art workshops by patients, staff, local school children and community groups.


A History of Clock View


The hospital’s name Clock View was chosen from over 50 suggestions made by staff, patients and their families and the local community. Clock View is a name that pays homage to the site’s history and the well-known North Liverpool landmark Clock Tower, which was redeveloped into apartments in recent years but formed part of the original Walton Hospital for many years.  You can still see the famous Clock overlooking the site – hence ‘Clock View’.  The original Clock Tower buildings opened as a workhouse in 1868, was made part of an infirmary for the general population in the early 1900s and designated a hospital in 1935.


Partnership Working


gbpartnerships worked closely with Liverpool and Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP), the developer, to ensure value for money, affordability, best practice and 100% transparency. Working in partnership with LSHP, it is important that healthcare buildings continue to improve to be able to ensure that a range of high quality, modern services are delivered in the community. LSHP is a strategic partner for delivering Mersey Care NHS Trust’s agenda, to provide modern, healing environments that support patients to recover and staff to deliver perfect care. LSHP hold a particular understanding of how partnership working and procurement can lead to tangible benefits for clients, service users and supply chain partners.


Service Users and Staff Views


“A more positive and warmer environment for staff and service users”.


“I love the window bays because service users and staff can interact continuously”.

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