Ty Anwen is a bespoke residential mental health service in Bedwas, Wales. It is at the forefront of a new generation of care facilities that support the recovery process through human connection with the physical environment. This is one of a series of bespoke special care facilities OMI has designed and built across the UK.

Grwp Gwalia provides recovery-orientated rehabilitation within a person-focussed framework for up to 16 individuals with serious and enduring mental illness. Residents may be experiencing other co-occurring symptoms such as substance misuse, personality disorder or other health issues. The building plays an active part in the wellbeing of each resident. The design, choice of natural materials and sensitive use of light and space provide a setting where residents and their support teams feel at home and truly valued. Main circulation spaces and key communal rooms wrap around a protected central courtyard through which residents access facilities and gain a real sense of community.

Residents are given different levels of access to technology and services in each studio flat based upon their level of risk and need. The building is carefully designed to mitigate the risk of self-harm, allowing staff to have good levels of observation whilst ensuring service users still have privacy and feel at ease. Comfortable modern design combined with intelligent technology creates a relaxing, non-institutional and safe environment to support recovery.

CLIENT – Grwp Gwalia
STATUS – Completed
COMPLETION DATE – November 2014
VALUE – £2.7M
LOCATION – Bedwas, Wales
Structural Engineer
CD Gray
Mechanical Engineer
Quantity Surveyor
Peter Marshall Associates
Main Contractor
Jehu Project Services