AS the first JCB arrived on site at Bellahouston Park, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice chief executive, Rhona Baillie, announced that Balfour Beatty is the contractor for work to build a new home for Glasgow’s Hospice.
This marks the start of a project to build a state-of-the-art hospice on land gifted by Glasgow City Council that will see patients move to the new hospice in 2018.
“I am delighted to announce that Balfour Beatty will help us realise our dream to build a 21st-century healthcare facility for the people of Glasgow,” said Rhona.
“This is a major step forward as work now starts at the site.”
Added Hector Macaulay, Balfour Beatty regional managing director, Scotland: “The way the community has pulled together over the last four years has been really impressive, raising vast sums of money to bring this state-of-the-art facility to fruition.
“We’re pleased to have got construction underway, and to be working closely with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice to deliver a facility which will provide high quality care for patients and their families.”
The Glasgow office of international law firm Pinsent Masons has provided vital pro bono work on the building project.
Kirk Murdoch, chair of Scotland and Northern Ireland for Pinsent Masons, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice on the design and development of a new hospice facility at Bellahouston Park.”
Alastair Forbes of Ryder Architecture is leading the team of architects.
He said: “We are delighted to see construction works commence and the realisation of this unique new hospice building. The project team have worked closely with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice over a long period of time to reach this moment and we look forward to working with Balfour Beatty Construction Services in this exciting next stage.”
The new hospice will bring 21st century palliative care to the people of Glasgow, a major step forward in the provision of hospice services, providing the flexibility to develop and improve services, and lower the age limit of patients to include 15 year-old patients and their families.
This will be the first hospice in the UK to follow the Sengetun model of care, which has “placemaking” at the centre of its approach.
This innovative state-of-the-art Scandinavian design puts patients and families first, and provides space for privacy, dignity and compassionate care for all ages.
Glasgow Lord Provost, Sadie Doherty, said: “I’m proud that the council continues to be a firm friend and supporter of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. The people who work there and volunteer are amazing. Today brings them nearer their goal of providing a modern facility to care for people. It’s exciting to be able to join them on this important and special journey.”
The hospice still has to raise £2.7million of the £21m needed to finish the build. It recently launched Buy a Brick, the latest phase of its Brick by Brick Appeal.
To donate, visit www.ppwh.org.uk/donate or text BRICK to 70660.
Picture attached: Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice chief executive, Rhona Baillie. Please credit Mark Gibson.
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Angela McManus, communications manager
0141 429 9812 / 07803 970312
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
71 Carlton Place, Glasgow G5 9TD
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Notes to editors:
About The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice at Carlton Place, Glasgow, is a charity, founded in 1980.
We provide free person-centred and family-focused palliative care and support.
Our specialist staff and wonderful volunteers are trained to work with those individuals and families who are living with significant challenges to their health and wellbeing.
In day care and on the wards, more than 1,200 patients and families are cared for every year.
The hospice depends on the generosity of supporters and the community to raise the £3.1 million annually in voluntary donations that is required to maintain our invaluable services for the people of Glasgow.
We have outgrown our much-loved hospice building – it no longer meets our requirements or vision for the future of care of patients and their families – and are raising £21 million to build a brand new, purpose-built hospice on a leafy green site in the city’s Bellahouston Park. The foundations go down in 2016 and patients are expected to move in 2018.
Our aim is to bring 21st-century hospice care to the people of Glasgow, a major step forward in the provision of palliative care services, providing us with the flexibility to develop and improve our services and lower our age limit to 15 year-old patients.
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