Make a house a home

AFTER the News & Mail first reported the council’s decision to rubber-stamp plans to relocate Woking & Sam Beare Hospices to Goldsworth Park, charity chiefs have shared their designs to make a house a home.

The switch from the hospices’ existing homes in Hill View Road and Weybridge High Street to Goldsworth House was made possible by a £6 million loan from Woking Borough Council.

REVAMP – Goldsworth House will get a brand new look
REVAMP – Goldsworth House will get a brand new look

And after the Planning Committee passed their application, hospice bosses wasted little time outlining their visions for their new premises in Denton Way.

Hunters Architects were appointed to bring dreams to reality, and their artists have sketched out how the new site may look upon completion.

Keen to progress, Woking & Sam Beare Hospices have shortlisted contractors for the refurbishment project and have sought tenders – they expect to announce their chosen contractor shortly.

The hospices’ Chief Executive, Nigel Harding, believes the former office building will become a perfect environment for patients and staff.

He said: “We submitted exciting and innovative proposals for the new hospice and we are delighted they have been supported by the Planning Committee.

“We believe that the hospice environment is key to feeling well and I’m confident we will create an amazing atmosphere that will benefit all our users. Hospices are not just for the last days of life but also for carers and for those on a curative pathway after their courses of treatment.

“This will be a state-of-the-art facility for the residents of Woking and the communities in North West Surrey, and one I know they will be incredibly proud of.”

The new facility will be a modern centre of excellence in palliative care and will include a 20-bed inpatient facility, as well as a Day Care unit designed to cater for outpatient visits.

The Day Care unit will provide wide-ranging services including medical assessments and treatments, complimentary therapies, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and wellness activities.

THE MASTERPLAN – an artist’s interpretation of how the first floor of the new facility might look when completed  
THE MASTERPLAN – an artist’s interpretation of how the first floor of the new facility might look when completed

Also based at the  facility will be a hospice community team of
clinical nurse specialists
and the contingents for managing education, bereavement and spiritual care.

The hospice will be modern, warm and welcoming with a public café and information centre, which will be open to the public to help engage with the community and dispel some of the commonly held perceptions of hospices.

Director at Hunters Architects, Tim Ashton, believes the designs for Goldsworth House will break new ground when building work gets underway.

He explained: “We think it may be a first in the country to convert an office into a hospice.

“We are really proud to be part of the team leading this blueprint for future hospice design. Now with planning consent we can help deliver an effective facility for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices with a greener, more sustainable solution.”

Woking Borough Council Leader, John Kingsbury, who visited the site with fellow Councillors Saj Hussain and Colin Kemp recently, explained that the plans had won over the chamber and that they were delighted to be supporting such a vital service in the local community.

He added: “The council have been impressed by the thought and consideration that the hospices have put into the design of this new site. The hospices are a vital part of our community and their importance will only increase as we address the growing end of life care needs of the future.”

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