A £5.3 million project to redevelop an in-patient unit (IPU) at a hospice in Sheffield has passed the halfway point.
The St Luke’s In-Patient Redevelopment project – taking place at St Luke’s Hospice on Little Common Lane – is making great progress with Phase One now complete. Work is currently taking place on the second phase of the project, which is scheduled to reach completion in October 2013.
Phase One of the project comprised the creation of a brand new building, to provide the hospice with en-suite rooms, along with a spa room, viewing rooms and staff facilities. The new building replaces a small research building which was previously in use at the hospice, before it was demolished in 2012.
The new build was designed to be sympathetic to its surroundings, with a natural slate finish that is in keeping with the rural area.
Phase Two of the project comprises the redevelopment of an existing facility which will be integrated into the new build element once work is complete.
Interserve is the main contractor on the redevelopment of St Luke’s Hospice, whilst Sheffield-based practice Race Cottam Associates Limited is providing all architectural services. Turner & Townsend is the project manager, Mascot Management is the client representative on the scheme and Wheatley M&E Services Limited is the mechanical and electrical engineer.
Funding for the new IPU is largely being raised through a public appeal, with £4 million of the total already achieved.
Commenting on the redevelopment work taking place at St Luke’s Hospice, Chief Executive Peter Hartland, said:
“We have committed to redeveloping our 20-bed in-patient unit, creating highly intensive, individualised, personal care for people with incurable illnesses. Our neighbours have been excellent throughout Phase One and work continues to make great progress on Phase Two.”
“We support approximately 1500 patients each year in Sheffield, so the hospice is very important to the local community.
“Without this redevelopment project the hospice couldn’t continue to operate for more than four or five years.
“Two to three years ago we had serious discussions about whether or not the hospice could continue, so to see us reach the stage we are at now is unbelievable. This is a great achievement and reflects the huge efforts of the staff and community. This is very much a team effort.”
Built in 1971, St Luke’s was the first modern hospice outside of London. St Luke’s Hospice cares for people aged 18 and over who have incurable illnesses throughout Sheffield.
For more information on St Luke’s, please visit: www.stlukeshospice.org.uk.