New Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit


The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust mental health inpatient facilities for greater Belfast are currently spread across three separate sites.

A new purpose-built modern facility will support the development of the Belfast Trust’s Acute Mental Health Service on one site.


The new Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit will be located on the Belfast City Hospital site.



Works commenced on site at the beginning of August 2016 and the facility is expected to complete in November 2018.


The new unit will provide 80 acute mental health en-suite bedrooms including six psychiatric intensive care beds.

The unit consists of five separate interconnecting buildings arranged around a cloistered central courtyard and communal and administration areas.

All aspects of the design have been carefully considered - including; colours, lighting, materials, furniture, fixtures and fittings - to ensure that the surrounding environment helps improve the overall inpatient experience.


It will offer high standards of treatment and evidence-based interventions for patients experiencing an acute phase of mental illness. The service will work with the individual and their family/carer towards their recovery.


Work Schedule

Summer 2014 : Demolition of obsolete buildings to clear site
Summer 2015 : Building work begins
November 2018 : Completion of Building Work
Spring 2019: Services become operational in the new unit.


Design Team: Lead Architect RPP Architects supported by Richard Murphy Architects and Devereux Architect
Expected Completion Date: November 2018