Project Chrysalis 

Project Chrysalis is a £15million capital investment programme to eradicate dormitory accommodation across inpatient wards at Harplands Hospital. This will 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 Autumn 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. It works to an agreed set of principles:

  • all decision-making will be considered with service users
  • 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 Hospital site
  • align to the agile and flexible working guidelines for trust staff

The proposed changes also promote the trust’s principles for agile working. Learning from what has worked well following the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff continue to work in a flexible and blended way.

High-level strategic outcome objectives

  • 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.
  • Optimise utilisation of clinical space on the Harplands Hospital site, creating additional space at the end of the programme.
  • Support sustainability and the trust’s 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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