Villicare, the strategic estates partnership between Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) and Ryhurst, has recently involved a number of young people in the development of interior design solutions for CWP’s new Tier 4 CAMHS unit.

Evidence shows that people aged 12-25 years have the highest prevalence of mental illness, yet access to age appropriate accommodation delivers a negative perception of the service and can alienate many young people.


Working with Boex, an interior design company, Villicare carefully tailored workshops to look at key areas within the building. The focus was on developing a series of fun and creative design sessions, using mixed media allowing the young people to really engage with the process.

This led to some unexpected, positive outcomes and practical solutions that are being incorporated into the final design.

The new bedroom layout creates a snug area around the window with softer curves linking the desk, window seat and bed. There are lots of possibilities within the furniture to change the finish, colour and storage options. These minor changes can be made to customise the bedrooms to give them a unique look and feel.

The young people will also contribute to decorating some of the main areas of the building, planting in landscape areas, and creating art installations for the completed facility.

Villicare recognises that such engagement and interaction is of the upmost importance. Involving the young people early on in the design process has enabled the project to ensure that it provides the right environments for certain activities, addresses areas of concern, as well as inspiring the young people to learn more about interior design and construction.