Published: 30th Mar 2012

I was recently part of a process which considered how we might think about design of residential buildings for child and adolescent mental health services. The purpose of the exercise was to look at the issues and tensions that form the brief that drive decisions that become buildings. Efficiency of service delivery was put forward as a key issue; each room should be within easy reach of and supervision by the nursing station. The key to any brief is to give yourself space for the best start. Where do you start thinking about this kind of building? Do you start with the materials, with the plan, with the efficiencies, the costs, the details, the construction, the staff needs, the servicing and service delivery? One person pondered the question. There was a delay. He suggested that to understand this building, whatever form it eventually takes, you have to start with understanding … (To read the full article, subscribe below)