About the building

Your new Hospice will be 50% bigger with all the modern facilities needed to enable us to continue providing patients and their families with the very best care, privacy and dignity they deserve at the most difficult time in their lives.
Above all, it will maintain the home from home feeling we know is one of our greatest assets, creating a warm and welcoming environment for all those that enter.

The new Dreambuilding

Your new Hospice will be made up of four buildings designed to separate the different services we offer, making it easier for patients and relatives to navigate. These will be linked together by glazed corridors with views onto the courtyard garden. The four buildings will be:

We have taken inspiration from our local surroundings, with the main buildings grouped to look like a converted farm complex; incorporating materials such as flint work, oak boarding and clay roof tiles.

Click on our mood board links above to get a feel for how these might look.

Ground floor plans

All patient and relative services will be accessible from the ground floor. There will be three separate entrances. A main one to the south which will lead through to a coffee shop and open plan seating area. A second  entrance specifically for the ward, slightly set back from the rest of the building away from the busy main reception and a services entrance with direct access to the kitchen and laundry.

First floor plans

On the first floor in the ‘Granary’ our community nursing teams, the Clinical Nurse Specialists and Hospice at Home team will now be based side by side, improving communication channels and supporting the very best delivery of care.

The first floor will also be home to our essential support services including clinical secretaries, administration, finance, IT, human resources, fundraising and communications as well as our Management Team.

The site now

In June 2016, our site was a derelict mass of plants and greenhouses, resembling something of a jungle!

The demolition team worked hard to clear the site ready for the public launch of our DREAMBUILDING project in January 2017.

The footprint of our DREAMBUILDING was then mapped out, ready for our first site tours to commence.

In July 2017, the first machinery arrived on site to begin preparing for the installation of the foundations and substructure. Another milestone was reached when our Senior Management Team also made their first official site visit.

Site activity peaked in August 2017 when a pile driver moved in - this enormous machine pushed poles into the soil, setting them in cement to provide foundation support for our DREAMBUILDING. The construction team had to bore an incredible 400 of these, and completed this mammoth task in record time!

...and we are now ready to start construction in early 2018.

Click on our timeline to see what's next.