St Benedict's Hospice

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St Benedict's Hospice

This hospice and specialist centre for palliative care provides an outstanding environment for care and support of patients with life limiting conditions and those involved in their care.

With an exceptional project team, progress was unusually rapid, moving from conceptual design to detailed planning in four months with a build programme of just twelve.

The new building has outstanding views and access outdoors; a key requirement of the brief. A sloping site suggested a split level design, allowing us to locate the quieter in-patient accommodation at lower ground floor level with privacy and peace away from the more active day spaces above. 14 spacious bedrooms have individual access to calm, therapeutic outdoor space. Beds can be easily moved outside via wide doors and sheltered canopies provide privacy.

As well as exceptional inpatient and family accommodation, there is a café and shop, education and seminar facilities, lymphoedema, day care, social spaces, therapy suites and a variety of staff facilities and break out spaces. Rooms are designed for flexible use allowing new services to be developed.

Winner of Project of the Year at CENE 2014, the design has also received commendations from Building Better Healthcare and LABC.

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2166   2011 09 02   013
  • Client

    NHS Property Services Ltd

  • Completion


  • Awards

    Project of the Year at CENE 2014

"It was (and continues to be) a very special project and an incredible example of what a team of people can deliver in an unbelievably short period of time. The spirit of teamwork, co operations and integration with Kath, Kirsty and the wider Hospice team was one of those uplifting experiences which re -defines what you think is achievable. There are precious few moments like that in our industry. "

Stephen Naylor, Head of Estates, NHS South of Tyne & Wear