Ablett Unit Redevelopment, Glan Clwyd Hospital

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Work is progressing to develop detailed, costed plans for a new inpatient mental health facility on the site of Glan Clwyd Hospital.

This represents a new chapter in how mental health care is delivered for some of the most acutely unwell people in Conwy and Denbighshire.

The new facility, which will replace the existing Ablett Unit, is part of the wider transformation of mental health services outlined in our ambitious Together for Mental Health in North Wales strategy.

The new facility will include:

  • Significantly improved facilities which address long standing structural issues at the Ablett Unit
  • More acute mental health beds to help us meet current and future demand
  • Modern environments, based on the latest evidence, which will give us the flexibility to respond to future need

The new facility will also enable us to introduce a new model of care which better meets the needs of our patients now, and in the future.

In August 2019 we appointed Gleeds as the project and cost manager for the redevelopment and BAM Construction as our construction partner.

Working closely with Gleeds and BAM Construction, our intention over the coming months is to consult widely on changes to our model of care, and the specification for the new facility.

We are currently working to the following draft timescales:

  • Outline Business Case approval (July 2020). The Outline Business Case identifies the option which optimises value for money; prepares the scheme for procurement; and puts in place the necessary funding and management arrangements for its successful delivery.
  • Full Business Case approval (April 2021). The Full Business Case sets out the commercial and contractual arrangements for the deal; demonstrates that it is ‘unequivocally’ affordable; and puts in place the detailed management arrangements for the successful delivery of the scheme
  • Building work completed (2023)
Ablett Unit Redevelopment Newsletters
November 2019