New Learning Centre
Duggan Morris Architects has submitted a planning application for a New Learning Centre, on the Maudsley Hospital Campus of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, on Denmark Hill. The client, SLaM NHS Trust Charitable Funds, is a charitable foundation which invests in projects to support world class mental health and well being, support, training and development. The project has been informed and developed through an 18 month immersion process involving research and building visits as well as extensive consultation with SLaM user groups, Kings College Hospital, the Institute of Psychiatry and community groups, with DMA commissioned to develop the client’s brief which was summarized through a series of ‘Vision Statements’.
The new 1,550sqm building will house teaching and learning facilities, cafe, exhibition and ancillary spaces. The central focus of this unique project, coined ‘Project Learning Potential’, is to create a totally immersive learning environment through networking, social media and Wi-Fi technologies such that each individual user can tune the learning process to his/her needs to obtain the maximum results.
A key vision for the new building is to destigmatise preconceptions of mental health and well being, by making it more accessible to the wider community, sharing with the campus a vision which includes doctors, nurses, teachers, service users and carers in promoting an integrated learning environment; ‘learning for anyone, anywhere, anytime’.