LONDON-based architects Hunters have been appointed to transform a Goldsworth Park office block into a state-of-the-art hospice.
Goldsworth House, situated in Denton Way, will be developed to create a 20-bedded in-patient hospice with day care facilities.
The building will unify the Woking & Sam Beare Hospices at a single location in a £6 million makeover.
As well as being a base for the community team of nursing staff, the new hospice will also house services including counselling and therapies and all administrative functions.
A hospice is a special environment and the design concept will need to maximise access to daylight and outdoor space as well as providing patients and their families with dignity at all times.
It will need to allow progressive privacy; from more sociable spaces to quieter private ones with sensitive locations for bereavement counselling rooms. Sustainability will be at the forefront of the project.
The Hunters team selected to work on the project have successfully delivered a number of healthcare schemes to exacting programmes and budgets and are well placed to deliver this vision.
Director at Hunters, Tim Ashton, said: “We are delighted to be appointed on this exciting project, assisting Woking & Sam Beare Hospices in transforming their ideas into built form and creating an aspirational, welcoming, fresh hospice.”
Chief Executive Officer of the hospices, Nigel Harding (left), added: “We are very pleased to appoint such a forward thinking company and look forward to developing our plans over the next few months.
“We expect building work to start in the spring or summer of 2014 with a completion date of early 2016.”
Project Manager, Gerry Foristal from Rutland Project Management, will oversee the development.