£2m revamp to modernise East London NHS Foundation Trust's base in Luton

Charter House, Luton's base for the East London NHS Foundation Trust's mental health service users in the town, is going to get a £2 million makeover.

Friday, 12th October 2018, 1:31 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th October 2018, 4:04 am
Charter House, Luton

The money is being invested into a project to modernise the facility in Alma Street, and deliver enhanced patient care to the users.

The Trust’s base will receive new heating and cooling systems and a makeover to improve the internal environment for staff and service users.

The 10-storey site will also be reconfigured to provide expanded space for clinical teams, the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) services, currently based on one floor, will be given two floors for their work.

The Luton Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) teams will have three floors of the building, they currently use two.

Other support services will relocate within Charter House to provide the extra space for the clinical teams.

Michelle Bradlley, Director for Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, said: “I am delighted to have reached a stage where we can start this project which will benefit staff and service users.

“The project is more cost-effective than moving away from Charter House and ensures we can provide enhanced patient care and support from a site in the heart of Luton.”

Work is due to start on Monday, October 22, for about ten 10 months, it will be completed in phases, with staff temporarily relocating to different floors.

The Trust does not anticipate any disruption to service users attending appointments.

The Trust completed a detailed review of options for Luton as the lease for Charter House neared its end.

The decision was made to sign a new lease and commit to remaining at Charter House for the long term after the site was identified as the top option for location and best investment of NHS funds.