South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

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Organisation:  mental health
Service:  mental health
Project:  social spaces
The café is designed with a Moroccan theme
The café opens onto a garden
The new light-filled reception area


Cafe in the main reception area of the Ladywell Unit, serving three adult acute wards, an elderly care ward, a rehabilitation and psychiatric intensive care ward, and an adult admissions ward

Aims and outcomes

The project team wanted to create a pleasant cafe with access to an existing garden via a ramp down to ground level from the raised reception. The aim was to provide a space away from the wards for people to meet and socialise and to bring additional light into the reception area.

The new cafe is run by the Women's Royal Voluntary Service, and, together with the refurbished reception area, it provides a welcome respite for service users, visitors and staff. The interior design scheme is based around a Moroccan theme.

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