NHS London has signed off plans to overhaul the ‘inadequate’ buildings at Broadmoor Hospital.
The redevelopment, drawn up by West London Mental Health Trust, would see the hospital completely rebuilt by 2016 at a cost of around £288m.
In a press statement, the trust said the current Victorian buildings, which date back to 1863, were “inadequate” for providing modern mental health care.
A Care Quality Commission report in July raised serious concerns over the standard of facilities at the hospital.
A team of advisors has been appointed by the trust to help design the new hospital, which will provide up to 266 beds for male patients from London and the south of England.
The business case is now being considered by the Department of Health and the Treasury.
Trust chief executive Peter Cubbon said: “Broadmoor Hospital has been publicly criticised for the state of the buildings which are deemed inadequate to provide the safe, secure and therapeutic environment our patients require.
“My hope is that the redevelopment will be agreed by the DH and Treasury so that we can advance the planning work we need to do to build a new Broadmoor Hospital offering high quality care to patients,” he said.