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News archive - January 2017
Arthur Rank Hospice opens its doors
A new hospice has opened in Cambridge offering end-of-life care and support for patients with complex needs.
The £10.5m Arthur Rank Hospice was designed by LSI Architects and built by Barnes Construction and will serve families from across the country.
The 4,000sq m building provides 24 beds - 16 single rooms and two four-bed bays - across four buildings, which also house a commercial kitchen, day facilities and an education centre.
To futureproof the project, the bed bays can be adapted into two single rooms if required.
Dr Lynn Morgan, chief executive of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, said: “The new hospice is light, airy and modern.
“We were hoping to get a hospice which would raise people’s spirits and I believe the LSI design has definitely achieved this.”
Louise Knights, associate at LSI Architects, added: “User group engagement has a big influence on how the building flows and how the spaces come together, and it’s important to get this right early on in the scheme.
“Internally, the bedrooms will open into a large, double-height communal space that will give patients, visitors and family an opportunity to come together.
“It was when a patient told me that this space is where she would like to do a jigsaw puzzle that I appreciated how important it will be for the patients.
“The design of the hospice meets the standards of a Hospital without feeling like one.”
She added: “Attention to detail on external bedroom doors ensures that beds can be moved into a covered area outside the bedrooms and lounge spaces.
“Every patient has a direct link to the outside, which is essential to ensure that there are as many options for where patients can choose to spend their time. Outside space is as important as the inside space.”
Each bedroom also has wallpaper and colour has been used outside the doors to help patients and family locate their rooms.
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