Stepnell appointed for Hospice Expansion Scheme
Construction specialist Stepnell has been selected by St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester to help deliver its major expansion programme.
Stepnell’s West Midlands team – based locally in Kidderminster – has been appointed to a £2.7 million construction contract which will significantly extend and redevelop the hospice in Wildwood Drive. It forms part of a £5.3 million expansion programme, designed by Birmingham-based Associated Architects, which will meet the increasing demand for hospice care and services locally.
Construction work on the year-long programme for the charity – which is the only South Worcestershire organisation providing specialist end-of-life care – is just getting under way.
The redevelopment of the hospice building includes the remodelling of the main entrance and reception to create an improved layout; a two-storey extension linking the main building and the Snowdrop Centre and the creation of a two-storey extension to the west, connecting the Day Hospice and the In-Patient Unit.
The changes will create larger rooms suitable for group-based exercise activity such as tai chi and yoga; a specialist exercise studio; an occupational therapy kitchen; more rooms for counselling as well as spaces for complementary, musical, horticultural and art therapy and a flexible, multi-functional large central area which can be used for socialising, informal meetings and as a place for coffee, snacks and meals.
St Richard’s Hospice chief executive June Patel says: “We’re thrilled to get started on this exciting project which will mean we can better support our current patients and reach the unmet needs of thousands of local people in the future, offering the right care and support when they need it most.”
She adds: “Currently areas of our hospice building in Worcester are bursting at the seams and we are struggling to respond to the ever-increasing number of patients and families who need our help. A bigger hospice, widespread redevelopment of the current building and a focus on more flexible, seven day a week care and support will mean we can help more people come to terms with their illness and its impact on their lives.”
“We feel privileged to be working with St Richard’s on this hugely important project,” says Stepnell regional director John Rawlinson. “The extension and redevelopment programme will provide the hospice and its patients with greater space and enhanced facilities, allowing it to further expand the already extensive range of services and support it provides for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.” With the hospice remaining fully open during the construction programme, Stepnell will draw on its long experience of working sensitively in occupied settings to ensure that St Richard’s can keep functioning as usual with the minimum of disruption.