Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes has undergone an extensive refurbishment project to improve facilities for patients with life limiting illnesses.
The Hospice is nestled on the picturesque Listed Manor Farm site, and the project took just over eight months to complete after works began in July 2013. Hospice staff were keen for all patients to enjoy the beautiful lakeside setting so they entitled the scheme ‘Bringing the Outside In’.
Premier Construction caught up with David Hobbs, the Managing Director of David Hobbs Chartered Architect Ltd, who acted as the project architect. David has been involved in various refurbishment and extension projects at Willen Hospice over the last 20 years. David said:
“The project, ‘Bringing the Outside In’, was to enable patients to have greater access to the terraced area, even if bed-bound, as well as modernising the hospice’s existing amenities. It was a big step to close down the middle part of the Hospice for health and safety whilst we introduced en-suites and shared bathrooms. A bariatric bedroom with en-suite was also provided together with a separate en-suite bedroom for visiting families to use and other improved facilities.”
The middle section of the Hospice was completely revamped after planning permission was gained in April 2013. On the lake side of the central corridor, which links both ends of the hospice, the team transformed an old four bed ward and a further five single bedrooms into five new rooms, one of which has an en-suite and the other two sets of two bedrooms each share a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom.
On the right hand side of the corridor pre-existing rooms were transformed into a bariatric en-suite bedroom; a large treatment room; a larger specialist bathroom and dedicated offices for both doctors and nurses.
The onsite team also raised the hospice’s existing terrace, to facilitate level access from the bedrooms ‘bringing the outside in’ and installed new facilities under the terrace including a physiotherapy room, consultant room and lymphoedema services. These facilities also lead onto their own lower courtyard terrace.
The staff team coped very well with the closure of the middle section of the hospice for eight weeks. Poor weather did not help and certainly affected time scales.
T and B Contractors acted as the main contractor on the renovation project and NTN Partnership, the quantity surveyors, undertook the contract administration role. Having worked with these firms before David Hobbs said that the teams worked well together. He added:
“I hope we have provided a good service for Willen Hospice and we trust that the new facilities will greatly benefit both staff and patients at the Hospice for many years to come.”