IBI Group architects help transform UK hospice

Kirkwood Hospice in Kirklees, UK, northeast of Manchester, has reopened after a £3-million redevelopment.


February 4, 2014

Kirkwood Hospice in Kirklees, UK, northeast of Manchester, has reopened after a £3-million redevelopment led by an IBI Nightingale design team.

The hospice provides care and support to patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses. A mix of refurbishment and new build, the redevelopment has transformed the 25-year-old hospice from a series of multi-bed rooms unsuited to modern clinical healthcare into a contemporary 16-bed, inpatient palliative care unit providing an uplifting, light, and therapeutic environment.

The scheme was funded from donations and sponsorship, raised on top of the hospice’s £4-million annual running costs. Value for money was most important, with the creation of a high-quality patient environment given priority over clinical support, administrative, and staff areas.

“The remodelling and extension of Kirkwood Hospice involved significant design and constructional complexities,” said John Knape, Architect and Framework Director at IBI Nightingale. “However, the IBI team rose to the challenge and delivered a scheme which has been universally well received by patients, carers, staff, and members of the public.”

Improved clinical efficiency, in conjunction with a patient-focused interior design, landscape, and artwork strategy, means IBI Nightingale has designed a state-of-the-art hospice that will serve the people of Kirklees for the next 25 years.

For more information, contact Katie Endicott.

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