Marie Curie replacement hospice built as the charity turns 60
Marie Curie Cancer Care are building a new Hospice in Glasgow, Scotland as they celebrate 60 years providing care for cancer sufferers. The building is to replace the tired existing hospice in the Springburn area of the city giving more private bedrooms with ensuites, piped oxygen supplies and access to outside areas helping promote quality of life for cancer sufferers and their families.
Marie Curie currently have two hospices in Scotland with the existing Glasgow site having helped 30,000 sufferers and their families. The new JDDK designed building will offer 21 individual rooms and 3 rooms holding 3 beds each. The design follows a lengthy consultation process which began in 2004 in response to a range of issues with the existing building.
JDDK had to consider many operational and environmental factors in the design of the building. The existing hospice lacks access to outside areas, individual rooms and is generally run-down. The new hospice has to react to these elements and create a welcoming and stress-free environment. JDDK responded to this is a number of ways. The entrance, for example, is designed as a 'gradual engagement' rather than a bold and foreboding entrance to reduce the possibility of stress.
Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow explains the importance of the new building: “Our research has shown what patients value most – control of their symptoms, a caring atmosphere, pleasant surroundings, individualised care and involvement of their family and carers. We designed our new building with all of these in mind.
“Flexibility is key to improving patient and family choice, access to fresh air, out-patient services, rehabilitation, complementary therapies, information and support. We will have a facility which measures up to the hopes and expectations of our patients and will allow our staff and volunteers to continue providing expert care in 21st century surroundings.”
Central to the building's design is access to the view of the Campsie Fells to the North. In preserving this view and ensuring that as many patients as possible had access to this from their rooms JDDK designed an elongated single-storey wing running along the upper contours of the designated site within the grounds of Stobhill hospital and adjacent to the existing hospice looking out to the North.
The vast majority of rooms within the accommodation brief require a window for natural light and ventilation, and so must be located on an external wall. So a series of wing's rather than a block will be created. This enables the building to be broken down in scale and mass, and therefore being more responsive to the existing topography, limiting the impact on the surroundings.
The lower northern wing is two storeys in height and provides mutual screening for privacy between the ward accommodation, garden areas and the existing hospital cottages to the north of the site. The roof is of very low pitch to reduce any potential loss of sunlight to the existing neighbouring cottages, whilst enabling the ward accommodation the benefit from the long-range view over the rooftop towards the Campsie Fells.
The building is being funded entirely by donations to the Marie Curie charity with £10 million already having been raised. Another £6 million is needed to complete the build and events are taking place over the next six months, including Trek Iceland and Bike the Baltic, hoping to raise the necessary funds. Assuming the funds will be raised the building is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009.
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Niki May Young