Breaking New Ground

29 August 2013

If you have visited the Hospice recently you can hardly have failed to notice the major works that have now begun to the rear of the main building.

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A view of what will eventually be the front entrance to the new building

When completed, the new building will be home to several Hospice services, including Complementary Therapy, Counselling, Out-Patient clinics and the Community Nurse Specialist Team, as well as our new Hospice in Your Home service.

Not only will this development create attractive, modern, state-of-the-art facilities for patients, it will also mean more space in the main hospice building for the expansion of existing services and give the option of opening more beds in future.

This expansion of services and facilities is the most significant change for the Hospice since moving from Poolstock to Hindley in 1997.  Hospice Chief Executive Alan Baron says, "We are really excited about this project in our Pearl Anniversary Year.  The new building will play a major role in our strategy of supporting more people in their preferred place of care."

Site foreman Steve Collier for contractors Ellenby Construction, says "The area of the new build covers around 1500 sq. metres.  The site had to be cleared and left fallow for several months because a significant amount of Japanese Knotweed (which can destroy a building's foundations) was found when the land was being prepared.  It was also discovered that there had been a coal mine somewhere in the vicinity many years ago. Special surveys and investigations, such as pile driving and other tests had to be completed to ensure total suitability of the site before any development could begin. The building works are currently on target for completion in March 2014."

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Site foreman Steve Collier

 

Pictures of the development, from the beginning right up to the present moment, can be viewed on www.flickr.com/wlhospice/sets .

 


 

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