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Kirkwood Hospice

IBI Group provided architectural and interior design services for the extension and remodelling of Kirkwood Hospice. With improved clinical efficiency, patient-focused interior design, and integrated landscape and artwork strategies, the IBI design team created a state-of-the-art hospice that will serve the people of Huddersfield for the next 25 years.

Kirkwood Hospice
Huddersfield, UK
720 m2 Refurbishment
432 m2 New Build
2013 Completed

Open since 1987, Kirkwood Hospice provides specialist palliative care to cancer patients and those with life threatening illnesses, as well as support to their families. However, although the facility’s inpatient accommodation remained functional and allowed the Hospice to deliver good patient-focused care, it offered little added value to patients, families or staff and did not match the clinical standards expected of a contemporary Hospice environment.

Through extensive consultation workshops, the IBI design team was able to transform the facility into an uplifting and therapeutic patient environment compliant with the latest clinical standards, and offering good observation and an abundance of natural light to rooms and circulation areas.

The extended and reconfigured accommodation includes nine single rooms, each with en-suite showers and discrete ceiling-mounted hoist tracking. However, as requested by patients during consultation, the scheme also incorporates two multi-bed bays, configured in IBI’s innovative Cruciform arrangement to maximise visibility and provide a non-institutional feel.

All patient rooms benefit from views into landscaped gardens with level access to semi-private screened external garden rooms. Recognising the importance of patients and families being able to spend time away from the bedroom and meet other families, the design significantly increases social and support spaces. Equally, it also includes quiet rooms for those times when individuals prefer solitude.

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Huddersfield Examiner Readers' Award


By Huddersfield Civic Society Design Awards

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Best End of Life Development


By Building Better Healthcare Awards

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Green Apple Award


Environmental Best Care,
By Green Apple Awards

John Knape

Frameworks Director
Rochdale, UK

Rochdale, UK

John Knape is a qualified Architect with over 30 years of post-qualification experience and has been especially committed to the design of healthcare facilities and building types which fulfil social needs. His experience covers work in both the public and private sectors and he can draw upon a thorough knowledge of relevant design standards including Department of Health Building Notes and Technical Memoranda. John has experience of a wide range of procurement methods including traditional and two-stage tendering, design & build, partnering, management contracting and PFI and in his role as the practice’s Frameworks Director, has been instrumental in leading successful bid processes to secure IBI’s position as Primary Supply Chain Members on all three UK national healthcare Frameworks.

John has recently led teams on a number of projects in both the acute and primary care sectors, including the award winning development at Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool. John is keen to pioneer innovative design solutions such as the “Barn Theatre” concept, but places great emphasis on excellent relationships with client and contractor as the key to a successful project.