Better Environments

Our Better Environments Programme is developing a bold new landscape for local mental health services that opens up our hospital sites to the community, breaks down mental health stigma, and brings our services closer to the people we serve.

Large parts of the NHS mental health estate are old - some of our facilities are over 150 years old- and have been isolated from the communities we serve, reflecting outdated stigma-laden attitudes to mental ill health. Better Environments is changing this by investing over £250m to develop modern mental health facilities that provide some of the best spaces for recovery and care the NHS has to offer. 

At the same time, this innovative programme is reimagining a new social landscape for our sites across South West London to transform the relationships we have with our local communities for the better. We are working hand-in-hand with our patients, carers, services users and the wider community to develop new facilities across Wandsworth, Richmond and Kingston. 

Find out more below about the changes happening across our sites. 

Transforming our environments

Together with our partners, Better Environments is delivering:

  • Springfield Village, a new stigma-breaking community at the heart of Wandsworth with new mental health facilities for Springfield Hospital, hundreds of new homes and a brand new 32-acre park  – new areas opening up to 2027
  • A refurbished facility, Richmond Royal Health Centre, at the site of the former Richmond Royal Hospital – opening in late 2024
  • A brand-new outpatient facility alongside a new school at Barnes Hospital in Richmond – delivered in spring 2025
  • And five new wards at Tolworth Hospital in Kingston – delivered in 2027