Berkshire

Broadmoor Hospital redevelopment new buildings revealed

Artists impression of the new hospital
The new building will go alongside parts of the original Victorian hospital

An open day about the £242m Broadmoor Hospital redevelopment has revealed what the new buildings will look like.

The work to build 16 new wards at the high-security psychiatric hospital in Crowthorne will be completed in 2017.

A West London Mental Health NHS Trust spokeswoman said that the patients will remain on site throughout the redevelopment.

The first open day is at Crowthorne Library until 19:00 BST and the second is in Sandhurst on 29 April.

Vivienne Mowatt, Broadmoor Hospital redevelopment manager, said local residents had shown "real interest" in the new 234-bed hospital.

Some of the hospital's 150-year-old buildings will be demolished during the redevelopment, which was approved in December 2013.

The trust previously said many "core aspects" of the site, such as its Grade I listed gatehouse, will remain, with buildings planned on parts of the site's woodland.

Broadmoor was described as an asylum for the criminally insane when it opened in 1863.

Broadmoor's gatehouse in 1977 - reproduced by permission of West London Mental Health NHS Trust/Berkshire Record Office
Broadmoor's Grade I listed gatehouse will not be demolished

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