Designs unveiled for new Glasgow hospice

27 Jul 2011

Designs have been unveiled for a new multi-million pound Glasgow hospice which will care for young people suffering from terminal illnesses.

Glasgow-based firm NORD has been appointed to design a new base for The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, which will improve the existing facilities at Calton Place and for the first time provide dedicated care for patients aged 15 to 25.

Hospice bosses are close to revealing the site for the new hospice in the south side and a major fundraising campaign will be unveiled in the coming weeks to support its creation.

The architect heading the project has spoken of his desire to create a "home from home" environment, with private courtyards and rooms flooded with light.

Students from Glasgow School of Art and Strathclyde University will be involved in the design of the building and hospice patients will also be consulted.

Alan Pert, the director of NORD, said: "The hospice is going from a very urban, three-storey situation on the bank of the river Clyde to a building that will be much lower in scale and in a less urban environment.

"There is an opportunity to look at how the building relates to the outdoors and to integrate the land and gardens.

"The whole notion of care and infection control is a big thing but it mustn't dominate the building.

NORD was set up in Glasgow in 2002 following the completion of the Tramway arts centre, which won the Architecture Grand Prix Prize at the 2001 Scottish Design Awards.

Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said: "NORD are a Glasgow-based company so are an ideal partner for us.
The hospice was Glasgow's wedding gift to Charles and Diana and services were launched 1983 as a volunteer-led telephone support line.

It moved to 71/73 Carlton Place in 1983, and then to its new home in elegant Georgian town houses in Laurieston.

It now provides world-class palliative care to both in patients and out patients. It was praised by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon last year after being awarded the highest possible grading in a Care Commission inspection.

Source: Evening Times - First peek at new hospice