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If you have any queries or concerns about building work, you can contact Interserve's site manager on: 07483 973649

£14.5m specialist CAMHS unit underway

A state of the art Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit (CAMHS) is currently being built in Armley, Leeds. The 22 bedroom Unit will provide much-needed space and modern facilities for children and young people with mental health needs from across the whole of West Yorkshire when it opens in autumn 2021. 

It's a huge and important step forward in the region's mental health services and will mean that children and young people can get the care they need close to home. At the moment, many of them have to be placed where beds are available and this can be many miles from home and their loved ones which can hinder some young people’s progress and recovery.

The new Unit, which has been designed with input from young people, has a multi-purpose activity room, educational facilities, a room for family visits and an enclosed garden for the young people and the staff who will be caring for them. There will also be a health-based place of safety for young people in crisis who need urgent help (Section 136).

The Unit is a joint venture between Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH), providing clinical services, and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) providing the building. It will replace the current in-patient CAMHS base in the Grade II listed Little Woodhouse Hall. The care children and young people receive there is rated as ‘good’ and we aim to provide outstanding care - the new Unit will provide the facilities that will help us to do that.

Please use the links below to see the build progress through drone film footage and to find out more about his exciting new development: 

December 29

Nature inspired name revealed

Following consultation with young people including residents at York’s Mill Lodge and Leeds’ Little Woodhouse Hall, and our Youth Board members, the theme of nature emerged as positive and favoured by many. So we can finally reveal that the name of the unit will be - Red Kite View.

The Kite is a bird that is well-established in West Yorkshire, and it can also be something fun that you fly in the sky. The name lends itself well to further naming of the two wards at the unit, as well as a theme for the internal artwork, so Board members felt this name would appeal to young people across different ages. 

Aerial view of the CAMHS unit in December 2020







November 18

Improvements planned to unit layout 

An application is being made to Leeds City Council to modify the layout of the new unit. This is based on our learning from the impact of Covid-19 and will allow for enhanced infection prevention controls and social distancing within the building. 

The changes involve moving the education rooms to the first floor, and increasing the size of staff areas, including changing and rest rooms. 

July 21

Steel signing as frame completed 

Representatives of the CAMHS service, local community, service users, NHS and builders signed their names and added messages of support and hope to the steel frame of the new West Yorkshire CAMHS unit. The steel signing marked completion of the building's structure, another major milestone in the building work. Find out more and see photos of the event here

 Leeds West MP, Rachel Reeves, has also visited the site and signed a steel pillar. You can read more here


June 10, 2020

Steel structure going up

The first crane has arrived on site at Armley and has started to hoist the steel beams of the new regional CAMHS Unit into place.



April 29, 2020

Foundations for West Yorkshire CAMHS Unit started

Foundations for the new £14.5 million West Yorkshire CAMHS (West Yorkshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) unit are underway in Leeds. Site preparations began in January, and a start has now been made on the building itself.


February 27, 2020

Work has started on the new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Unit and is expected to continue until the building opens in September 2021.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work. You can keep up to date on our progress on these pages over the coming months. If you have any questions or concerns please email:  or telephone 0113 85 55000.


December 2019

Leeds City Council has granted planning permission for a new mental health inpatient unit for young people in West Yorkshire. 

The new unit will be built on the St Mary’s Hospital site in Armley, Leeds, providing 22 inpatient beds and much needed improvements and facilities for children and young people across West Yorkshire. This will include a range of spacious therapeutic areas - including a multi-purpose activity room, educational facilities, a family visiting room, courtyards and a green communal space for service users and staff. There will also be a health-based place of safety in the unit, where a young person who is thought to be in urgent need of care will receive a mental health assessment to ensure they get the most appropriate support. 


Architect Gilling Dod has produced a fantastic video which shows how the new unit will look when complete. You’ll be able to see the impressive ‘figure 8’ shape of the building, with communal areas both inside and out, and get a feel for the modern, light and airy design.


Inside the Unit

A view of one of the 22 bedrooms

Bedroom Visual 2



A view of a shared area in the Unit

Day Space Visual 2


The Unit entrance

Entrance Visual 1


Outside the Unit 


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Nov 2020 image 5

We're going to be flying a drone over the new CAMHS Unit site at regular intervals so you can see how the building work is coming along.

Please note that the films don't have any commentary, just a music background. 

The steel structure of the new CAMHS Unit is well underway and in the film below you can clearly see the size and shape of the full building.

September 15, 2020



July 31, 2020



June 17, 2020


April 29, 2020

Work on the actual building has started and here's some great footage of activity on the site at Armley in Leeds. 




July 2020

Here's a link to our latest newsletter

Here are some interesting facts and figures about the new CAMHS building:


The building

At its highest point the building is 8.85m high and has a total interior space of 3,156m2.

257 tonnes of steel have been used to create the building's frame. It will be infilled with SFS (structural framing system) 

1017 cubic metres of concerte have been used in the foundations and this will rise to 1200 cubic metres by the time the Unit is finished.

There will be 124 panels on the roof of the unit, generating power for the building.

The design includes 48 parking bays for staff and visitors - three of these will have charging points for electric vehicles.



We've had to remove 17 trees to make way for the building - but we'll be planting three trees for each one that had to be felled. The species will be:

Acer campestre - Field Maple

Acer platanoides - Emerald Queen

Betula albosinensis - Chinese Red Birch

Betula pendula - Silver Birch

Acer japonicium 'Aconitifolium' - Amur Maple

Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer' - Callery Pear

Quercus robur fastigiata - Common Oak

Tillia cordata Greenspire - Small Leafed Lime

Liriodendron tulipifera - Tulip Tree



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