Our industry is truly amazing. Working on projects that deliver social value to society and the community we live and work in is so rewarding.  The new Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Unit at Glenfield Hospital is an excellent example of this.

This day was a bit emotional to be honest. On the 20th September, I was honoured to have been invited to celebrate the topping out ceremony for the new specialist mental health care unit. A facility literally on my doorstep, and so important for the community.

Working for Interserve, Pick Everard designed the Structural and Civil engineering on the scheme, and also provided Health and Safety Advisory Services.

Cathy Ellis, Chairperson of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, tightened the last bolt on the newly-erected steel frame.

This facility is going to make a huge difference, centralising mental health services for children and young people of Leicestershire, providing an extra 5 beds, going from 10 to 15, and providing more flexibility through moving away from the male/female dormitory format, to having unisex bedrooms with ensuite facilities. There is also a new dedicated eating disorder support service, which again, is absolutely vital to the community.

The name of the new centre was also announced; The Beacon. And the Beacon Appeal was launched, to raise £15,000 to provide much-needed sports and sensory equipment for the new centre.

I was inspired so much by the following video, that I decided to run the Leicestershire 10k for the appeal.


Watch the video, and see what this facility is going to mean to the young people affected in my community by mental health problems. So amazing.