seedS. The Therapeutic Healing Environment for Secure Setting

Burr Lenton Architecture, Leeds, 2015


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seedS from above 

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  • seedS from above    
  • seedS in HMP Leeds central atrium    
  • Entrance illuminated with Philips living colours    
  • Entrance with rear evacuation door removed    
  • Internal smooth surface with GRP table    
  • Leeds Community Health Care NHS Trust delivering care    
  • GRP textured external surface    
  • Natural light top aperture ring beam    
  • Rear evacuation door    
  • Concept drawing.  Escaping the physical realm of the prison    
  • Concept drawing. seedS in context    
  • Concept drawing. seedS in context    
  • Concept drawing.  Exploring new territories.  Escaping the physical realm and physical conditions of the prison    
  • Plan    
  • Front Elevation    
  • Section    
  • Rear Elevation    
  • seedS: Axonometric    
  • Joint development    
  • Joint development    
  • Construction detail    

A mobile therapeutic unit bringing healthcare closer to prisoners with reducing costs to the prison and healthcare providers.

seedS were designed to speed up existing paths to much needed healthcare services in the UK prison estate. seedS plants healthcare directly on prison wings allowing a greater number of patients to be seen during the working day, at lower economic running costs to healthcare providers and the prison. seedS is modular and can be dismantled and deployed anywhere in the prison where need is greatest.

It breaks with the historical repetition of institutional design, made from eight modular GRP sections, it provides an appropriate space that is conducive to healing and plays a crucial role in addressing the escalating problems of mental health within our prisons.

seedS provides much needed private space for confidential 1:1s and small group guided sessions of up to 4 to 5 people. The first seedS was delivered to HMP Leeds August 2015 and is a gift from SAFE Innovations and the FREE Unit.


  • Begun: Feb 2015
  • Completed: Aug 2015
  • Floor area: 4m2
  • Sector: Healthcare
  • Total cost: £45,000
  • Funding: Leeds Community Health Care NHS Trust
  • Tender date: Feb 2015
  • Procurement: Direct Contract
  • Address: HMP Leeds, 2 Gloucester Terrace, Stanningley Road, Leeds, LS12 2TJ, United Kingdom

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