South West Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care

  • Client

    St. Joseph’s Health Care London

  • Region

    London, ON

  • City

    St. Thomas

  • Budget

    $137 Million

  • Year Completed


  • Size

    233,000 sq. ft.

  • Sector


  • Sub-Sector

    Healthcare & Research

The Story

The South West Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care is a 233,000 SF, three-storey, 89-private-bed, post disaster psychiatric hospital located on an existing mental health facility campus. The facility receives its patients through the judicial system, which means that the facility contains very stringent security requirements and systems. The patient bed units and corridor walls contain highly insulated walls that are constructed with heavy duty steel studs and impact resistant drywall. The facility includes a chapel with a labyrinth, three secure courtyards and a rooftop courtyard for the patients.


  • Won the Don Smith Commercial Building Award from the London St. Thomas Association of Realtors
  • Winner of the London & District Construction Association award for the 2015 Institutional Project over $100 Million
  • Won the International Academy for Design and Health Award for Mental Health Design in 2014
We were impressed with EllisDon’s open line of communication and genuine interest in different solutions to complex problems. Without question this has been one of the finest experiences in the delivery of a sophisticated and complex project our office has been a part of
Tom Tillmann, Principal, Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson