Balfour Beatty to build new home for Glasgow’s Hospice
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice chief executive Rhona Baillie has announced that Balfour Beatty is the contractor for work to build a new home for Glasgow’s Hospice as the first JCB arrived on site at Bellahouston Park.
The announcement marked the start of a project to build a state-of-the-art hospice on land gifted by Glasgow City Council that will see patients move to the new hospice in 2018.
“I am delighted to announce that Balfour Beatty will help us realise our dream to build a 21st century healthcare facility for the people of Glasgow,” said Rhona.
“This is a major step forward as work now starts at the site.”
Hector Macaulay, Balfour Beatty regional managing director, Scotland, added: “The way the community has pulled together over the last four years has been really impressive, raising vast sums of money to bring this state-of-the-art facility to fruition.
“We’re pleased to have got construction underway, and to be working closely with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice to deliver a facility which will provide high quality care for patients and their families.”
Alastair Forbes of Ryder Architecture, who is leading the team of architects, said: “We are delighted to see construction works commence and the realisation of this unique new hospice building. The project team have worked closely with The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice over a long period of time to reach this moment and we look forward to working with Balfour Beatty Construction Services in this exciting next stage.”
The new hospice will bring 21st century palliative care to the people of Glasgow, a major step forward in the provision of hospice services, providing the flexibility to develop and improve services, and lower the age limit of patients to include 15-year-old patients and their families.
It will be the first hospice in the UK to follow the Sengetun model of care, which has “placemaking” at the centre of its approach.
Its innovative state-of-the-art Scandinavian design puts patients and families first, and provides space for privacy, dignity and compassionate care for all ages.
The Glasgow office of international law firm Pinsent Masons has provided vital pro bono work on the building project.
Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “I’m proud that the council continues to be a firm friend and supporter of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. The people who work there and volunteer are amazing. Today brings them nearer their goal of providing a modern facility to care for people. It’s exciting to be able to join them on this important and special journey.”
The hospice still has to raise £2.7 million of the £21m needed to finish the build and recently launched Buy a Brick, the latest phase of its Brick by Brick Appeal. To donate, visit www.ppwh.org.uk/donate or text BRICK to 70660.