Capsticks’ Healthcare Infrastructure Projects team has delivered all legal support on the Pears Maudsley Centre project, from funding, completion of contractual arrangements to construction. We advised South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust which is working in a close partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (which is part of King’s College London) and the Maudsley Charity.

The Centre is an exceptional example of joint working between the NHS and the education and charity sectors, clearly illustrating what can be achieved despite the continued pressures on capital across the NHS. The project has drawn from a range of funding sources to deal with the challenges, including a range of charities involved in the sector and the University.

The new facility, set to open in 2023, will be located on the Maudsley Hospital site in Denmark Hill, London and will include inpatient, outpatient and crisis mental health care facilities for children and young people, as well as world leading clinical research facilities. It will bring together the Trust's specialist child and adolescent mental health services and the largest group of mental health scientists and clinical academics in Europe and researchers from KCL within a modern collaborative space under one roof.

The Capsticks team has worked to properly and effectively capture the sense of collaboration and partnership within the contractual arrangements. The legal issues involved were complex and we developed a suite of documents which:

  • supported the flow of charity funding, which will cover up to one third of the £70 million project
  • managed the construction of the building on a complex hospital site
  • granted essential, long-term rights over adjoining land, making sure that the new facility will be fully serviced during its operational period
  • secured long term tenancy arrangements for healthcare and education
  • ensured the fluid use of collaborative space by the clinical and research teams

Matthew Hunter, Real Estate Partner at Capsticks, said: “Collaborative working between the NHS and the research and charity sectors is an excellent route to the delivery of outstanding healthcare facilities. The Centre will transform the way mental health support is delivered to children and young people, and we are proud to have contributed to such an important development.

Neil Jackson, Director of Capital, Estates and Facilities at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said: "The Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People is much more than a new building. It represents an ambitious new approach to how we provide people with the very best care. It is built on the foundations of collaboration and partnership working. The advice and support from Capsticks as a partner in this project has been invaluable to turning this vision into a reality."

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