04 February 2010,

Plymouth LIFT - Construction Begins on £4.1m Mental Health Unit for Teenagers

Construction work has begun on The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) mental health unit for teenagers in Plymouth, which reached financial close December 2009.

Developers say the NHS unit, at the Plymouth International Medical and Technology Park in Derriford, is on track to open in January 2011.

The £4.1million facility will provide in-patient treatment for youngsters aged 12 to 18 with conditions including depression, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Adrian Griffin, general manager of ReSound Health, which is developing the unit, said: "We signed everything up with the primary care trust just before Christmas, so we've bought the site, signed all the construction and design contracts and taken out funding for the scheme.

"Construction has started and we're in the ground digging foundations," he said. "I would expect to see, in a month's time, walls starting to come out of the ground and the whole development taking shape."

He added that the completion date for the 12-bed unit was January 2011, when the unit would be ready to be handed over to NHS Plymouth.

Mr Griffin said: "We're delighted that we can start construction on this project, which will be of great benefit to the whole of the South West.

"There has been a huge team effort behind the scenes to deliver this project and we look forward to the new facility being open," he said.

For further details please contact ReSound Health