Hospice deal signed, sealed and delivered

CONTRACTORS will get stuck into work at the site of a new hospice in Goldsworth Park next month.

With the loan facility from Woking Borough Council agreed, planning permission granted, and the extensive tender process completed, Woking & Sam Beare Hospice Trustees signed the contract appointing a building firm at their August board meeting last week.

SHAKE ON IT – Project Director Andy Sparks with the hospices’ CEO Nigel Harding
SHAKE ON IT – Project Director Andy Sparks with the hospices’ CEO Nigel Harding

The works in Denton Way’s Goldsworth House are scheduled to get underway half way through September, with the main construction commencing in October.

The contractors are Reside Construction from Romsey, Hampshire. They submitted the most competitive bid and at the same time impressed trustees with their approach to managing the project.

Speaking of the appointment, Trustee Chairman David Perry said: “Clearly our responsibility as trustees was to ensure we chose a contractor we felt we could work closely with, and who gave us confidence that their project management would deliver a new hospice of the highest possible standards to time and to budget.

“We are confident we have made the right choice.”

Experienced in healthcare sector schemes, Reside Project Director Andy Sparks said: “We are delighted to have been selected by the hospices as the main contractor for such an innovative and sustainable construction project.

“We have been impressed by the commitment of the hospice management team and their input into the plans prepared by Hunters Architects.

“We look forward to delivering a new hospice which we know will be treasured by the community for many years to come.”

Reside say they will ensure that building work is carried out with the minimum disruption to neighbours. Meanwhile, the hospices will ensure their supporters and stakeholders are provided with regular updates and progress reports.

The hospices anticipate welcoming in-patient referrals to the new facilities from early 2017.

Woking MP Jonathan Lord said: “This is a very exciting time for the hospices and I wish them every possible success in raising the funds that will underpin this wonderful new stage in its development.

“The hospice is much loved and has done amazing work in and around Woking in recent times. This new building will enable it to expand its services and secure its future for many years to come.”

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