Our plans to create a state of the art drop-in Information and Support Centre next to the Cutlers Hill Surgery in Halesworth have been given planning approval. The Centre is to provide information and support to the 50,000 residents that live within a 15 mile radius of Halesworth providing an important resource for those with cancer or any other life threatening illness and their families nearer to home.
The scheme aims to work in collaboration with health professionals to provide evidence based advice to patients and their families to improve their peace of mind and quality of life at a time of greatest need.
The building will be fully accessible for all and will have an open and welcoming atmosphere. It has been designed for flexible use by the stakeholders with spaces for individual and group sessions and large lounge space for group activities and waiting for appointments.
The single storey addition to the area is in keeping with the neighbouring residential bungalows to the south and west. The palette of materials is sympathetic to the site whilst bringing a contemporary feel to the area. The distinct domestic forms are to provoke a sense of familiarity and feeling of wellbeing which does not resemble an institutional feel, with two pitched elements linked by a lightweight flat roofed glass link. The glass link both helps direct visitors to the entrance but also provides a view into the lounge and garden beyond.
Halesworth Health has raised £710,000 in order to construct the new centre and will be continuing to fundraise to meet the running costs of the building, which will be built by local contractors and sub-contractors.