The Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People is set to be the world-leading centre for child and adolescent mental health. Developed by the King's Maudsley Partnership, a unique collaboration the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Maudsley Charity, the centre will bring together clinical and academic excellence to ensure that research is translated into practical treatments to benefit young people in the shortest possible time.
The building will be home to many National and Specialist CAMHS services, the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital School and state of the art clinical research facilities, as well as the King’s Maudsley Partnership.
Leading clinicians, scientists and educators will work side-by side in the Pears Maudsley Centre ‘collaboration hubs’, designed for collaboration and built to adapt to the changing needs of children and young people in our care, across the UK and around the world.
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“There is no other place like this on our planet that is bringing together clinicians, with the researchers, with the young people and families and with the education to support them with the latest technologies to move the field ahead. So, I applaud the comprehensiveness and boldness of our ambition and hope this will serve the local community and our nation and is also a beacon to the world of mental health and at the moment the world needs such a place for young people”
– Professor Shitij Kapur, President and Principal at King’s College London
Young service users were involved in the building design
The Pears Maudsley Centre will be a place that makes things feel brighter, welcomes visitors and meets their diverse needs. By involving young service users and their families in its design, we have ensured the building provides age-appropriate spaces and works hard to ease anxiety.
Alongside world-class inpatient and outpatient facilities, the centre will house informal areas for families and staff to meet and connect, as well as the outstanding Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School to allow young people receiving care to continue their education.
Its design maximises natural light and incorporates dimmable lighting, artwork and natural materials to create a calming environment. It will have landscaped outdoor terraces with extensive planting on each of its eight floors — capped by a roof terrace. Art rooms, spaces for cooking and horticulture therapy, and tailored learning spaces will contribute to a modern, community-minded space, redefining what mental health services look and feel like.
The Pears Maudsley Centre is funded by a combination of investments from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London, Maudsley Charity, and major donors including foundations and individuals.
The Rayne Foundation made a catalyst gift at the beginning of the campaign to encourage further philanthropic giving. In January 2020, The Pears Foundation committed a lead gift to the project. The Centre will be named in recognition of the Pears Foundation and our ongoing partnership with the Pears family.
We are thrilled to have the support of the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust who will be supporting our Learning Zone in the Maudsley & Bethlem Hospital School; The Garfield Weston Foundation, who are supporting our work with eating disorders, The Wolfson Foundation who are supporting our imaging suite, Kuok Group who are supporting our wellbeing terrace along with Elizabeth and Daniel Peltz OBE who are supporting the Peltz Community Hall.
In early 2020, the King's Maudsley Partnership launched a fundraising campaign to #ChangeTheStory on children's mental health through raising awareness and funding for the new Pears Maudsley Centre.
The Pears Maudsley Centre is set to open in 2024.