The building will serve families across the county and aims to address the regional demand for complex end of life care. The 4,000sqm site is split across four components housing a commercial kitchen, day facilities and an education centre to enable the hospice to train other healthcare professionals in good end of life care. The new hospice also doubles the number of beds available at the previous facility by 16 single rooms with en-suite facilities and two, four bedded bays which can be adapted into two single rooms when required, all of which are fully accessible.
The design of the Hospice meets the standards of a Hospital without feeling like one. Private garden spaces, and extensive use of timber, help avoid a clinical atmosphere.
Every patient has a direct link to the outside which is essential to ensure that there are as many options for where patients can choose to spend their time. Internally the bedrooms will open into a large, double height communal space that will give patients, visitors and family an opportunity to come together.
Although not a requirement, the project has been BIM enabled and its use has benefitted the project in terms of engaging with all stakeholders, communication and co-ordination on site.