Project Chrysalis 

Project Chrysalis is a £15million capital investment programme to eradicate dormitory accommodation across inpatient wards at Harplands Hospital to further enhance our inpatient facilities and improve the privacy and dignity arrangements of our patients.

The need to eradicate dormitories has been identified both nationally and within the Trust as a key estate improvement programme to deliver the outcomes of the NHS Plan.

The programme is mostly funded centrally from the Department of Health and Social Care.

The programme of works will run to Summer 2025 and includes the development of single, en-suite bedrooms (instead of dormitories) on wards 1, 2, 3 and 7.

To carry out these major improvements to our inpatient wards, existing space in the Central Therapies corridor has been developed into a brand new, 16 bed, fully ensuite ward. This has enabled building works to take place in the existing inpatient wards without interruption to the delivery of services.


Project Chrysalis is a major transformation programme for the Trust and always works to an agreed set of principles.

  • All decision-making will be considered with service users front and centre
  • Be inclusive and informed by the service teams and staff in affected areas
  • Align to the aim of increasing the clinical space on the Harplands site
  • Align to the agile and flexible working guidelines for Trust staff
  • Productivity review of space utilisation (e.g. hot desking)
  • Consideration of the needs of teams (Post Covid/Recovery)

The proposed changes align to the Trust principles for agile working and learning from what has worked well over the last three years, with staff being mobile and working in a blended way (with no fixed or personalised desk space) as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The post-pandemic needs for each team have been collated with involvement of the teams affected, the service managers, associate directors, executive directors and the estates and designs team, who have worked collaboratively to achieve an option of best fit based on the principles outlined and team requirements.

  • Where clinical teams are seeing patients and have other fixed requirements, they have been reallocated alternative space
  • Teams identified as requiring to be on site daily have been allocated a space
  • For most non-clinical teams, there will be a bookable space system which will ensure efficiency of space utilisation and accommodate agile/blended working demands

High-level strategic outcome objectives

  1. Improvement in the environment for adult inpatients by eradication of dormitories, improving their privacy and dignity and achieving AIMS standards level 1 regarding bathroom provision
  2. Maximise the optimum utilisation of clinical space on the Harplands site, creating additional clinical space at the end of the programme
  3. Support sustainability and the Green Plan through our approach to construction and development

Should you have any queries regarding Project Chrysalis, please email and a member of the Core Project Team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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