Michael Carlisle Centre


As part of Sheffield NHS Health and Social Care Trust’s wider works to improve mental health inpatient environments across its estate, two wards in the Michael Carlisle Centre needed to be remodelled and refurbished to create single gender wards, eradicate dormitories, and enable service users to have more privacy and dignity.


Won off the back of other improvement works to Beech Cottage and Wardsend on behalf of the Trust, I&G got to work on a phased delivery plan across the two wards and externals.

Working within a complex environment, the site team had to cordon off an area, creating their own segregated entrance away from the rest of the facility. Special audits had to be carried out to always ensure maximum health and safety. Relationships with the surrounding wards had to be always monitored, allowing the schedule of works to be completed with minimal disruption to the day-to-day running of the facility.

Developed and designed in regular consultation with ward staff, service users and pharmacy staff, several phases of work were undertaken.

A corridor in a hospital
Works included:
Burbage Ward
o Erection of scaffold from the roof instead of from the floor up for inpatient health and safety
o Full strip out and demolition of the existing ward which previously had large bed bays for four to six service users
o Creation of 12 single bedrooms with full specialist anti-ligature furniture and fittings, as well as privacy glass that can be closed on both sides
o Refreshed staff facilities
o Creation of communal areas
o Refurbishment of full roof
o Triple boarded walls
o Asbestos removal
o Creation of de-escalation rooms
o Separate clinic and treatment rooms
o Lounge area with French doors out onto the new garden
o Staff facilities and meeting rooms
A communal area in the hospital
Works included:
Stannage Ward
o Upgrades of three bedrooms
o Creation of en-suites
o Upgrades to bathroom
A private bedroom in the hospital
Works included:
Wellbeing gardens
A revamped garden space with bespoke furniture and fittings, built with patient safety and wellbeing in mind
A wellbeing garden in the hospital


Every element of this project was designed with safety, aromatherapy and relaxation in mind, offering more modern, private, and therapeutic environments both inside and out, to help the Trust’s service users get better more quickly. Not only this, but the finishing touches added will help them learn techniques to help them stay well for longer too.

Additionally, I&G have created a space for staff to improve their rest and wellbeing facilities, including a kitchen with breakfast bar, and dedicated rest area for them to be able to take a break away from the ward.

Overall, the works completed have improved the visual impact of the centre, creating a more friendly environment for the service users which is more in line with current mental health standards.

An I&G staff member works on wood