Kingfisher Court, Hertfordshire
Knightsbridge Furniture is Partnering with World-Class Mental Health Unit
Stylish, design-led and robust healthcare furniture has been supplied by Bradford-based Knightsbridge Furniture to complete the £42m Kingfisher Court mental health unit in Radlett, Hertfordshire. ‘The facilities at Kingfisher Court are truly world-class and we’re very proud to have delivered our furniture to such a prestigious project,’ says Knightsbridge MD Alan Towns.
Kingfisher Court is part of a £100m five-year ‘Transformation Programme’ through which Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is radically redeveloping its mental health provision across Hertfordshire, North Essex and Norfolk. Under main contractor Medicinq Osborne, the new 86-bed adult acute inpatient facility has been built on the site of the former Harperbury Hospital, blending into the surrounding woodland through its use of natural contours and materials both inside and out.
The light and airy Kingfisher Court day rooms have been populated with Hula circular dining tables from Knightsbridge Furniture’s specialist Challenging Behaviour Collection, which combine contemporary styling with inherent strength and stability. The tables are complemented by the company’s elegant Harvey upright armchairs: all exposed wood has the same Walnut finish and the chairs are upholstered in waterproof Aston faux hide.
‘Service users, carers, staff and the general public were all involved during the unit’s development, and their views were also sought when it came to the fitting-out,’ says HPFT Commissioning & Projects Manager Lisa Wellings. ‘We presented options from several manufacturers, but the Knightsbridge chairs and tables proved most popular with everyone. Having worked with Knightsbridge for several years, I knew they could be relied upon to deliver products on time and to the high quality which the project deserves.’