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'New' Broadmoor gets the go-ahead

Broadmoor Hospital
Broadmoor Hospital has been described as 'unfit for purpose'

Health chiefs have approved the multi-million pound redevelopment of high-security hospital Broadmoor.

The psychiatric hospital's Victorian building is expected to be replaced with a multi-purpose facility on the site in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

Broadmoor houses some of the country's most notorious criminals, including the Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutcliffe.

Approval has been given by NHS London and the plans will go before the Department of Health and the Treasury.

'Mindful of cost'

The Commission for Healthcare Improvement (CHI) described the current hospital accommodation as "unfit for purpose" in 2003.

Angela Dolan, acting director of Broadmoor Hospital, said that its operators were "very mindful of the cost".

She told the BBC: "The building has been deemed inadequate to provide the safe and secure and therapeutic environment that the patients deserve.

"We are looking to ensure that we provide the most safe and secure, effective treatment for the patients that we care for which eventually does lead to safe and secure public protection for the residents around our area."

The development is expected to cost more than £280m.

Parts of the estate could be sold off to help fund the redevelopment, which is likely to be built on the south east of the existing site.

Broadmoor Hospital, which was built in 1863, provides mental health services in conditions of high security for 244 male patients.

West London Mental Health Trust said its proposed plans were "crucial" in the long term.

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