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St. Wilfrid’s Hospice

St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a registered charity providing care for adults with complex needs as they near the end of their lives. With an ever growing demand for its specialist services, a more spacious facility was required as a replacement for the hospice’s existing Victorian home, doubling its capacity.

St Wilfrid’s Hospice
Eastbourne, UK
3,600 sq m Area
20 Bedrooms
316 patients Admitted in 2016
2013 Completion

St Wilfrid’s Hospice is an independent charity that supports the local communities of East Sussex. For over 30 years, the hospice has worked in collaboration with the NHS and other local services to support those who are in the last phase of their lives.

In response to the growing demand of the community, the new build facility provides 20 single bedrooms, a coffee shop, chapel and wellbeing clinic. It also houses a gym, hairdressing salon and therapies.

Developed in close collaboration with St Wilfrid’s staff, the design features four different types of bedrooms. These make use of a similar palette of materials and finishes with themes and colours varied to provide a different and individual feel to each room. This approach, in combination with varying levels of daylight achieved by the bedrooms’ orientation and corresponding views, ensures that each patient has a unique space. When patients are referred to the unit, they have the opportunity to select their room. The differences are subtle, but offer significant patient choice.

This interior strategy recognises the very personal nature of a hospice. Focusing on the patient’s intimate surroundings, the design creates a homely feel, providing individual control of the internal environment.

We are finding new ways to put patients first, and designing the space to meet their needs with care and compassion.

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Denise Medcraff

Studio Principal
Brighton, UK

Brighton, UK

Denise Medcraff studied at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and has a wide range of experience designing for commercial, residential, education and healthcare sectors during her successful career with IBI Group. As Office Principal, Denise oversees the operational and service quality of various sizes and complexity of projects via various procurement routes including.A talented architect herself, Denise is extremely practiced at managing in-house architectural teams as well as coordinating consultants. Her project management skills allow her to direct the team while ensuring the projects achieve design excellence via a robust quality management system.

In healthcare, Denise has wide-ranging experience working with Trusts, private health providers and contractors to deliver estate strategies, master planning, refurbishment and new build commissions. In Education, Denise is specializes in the design development stages of Higher Education projects, reviewing the student journey and experience through the built environment. Denise?s practical knowledge of client and working group consultation, follows the design process though a structured series of meetings and end user workshops which in turn develops the client?s vision through to fruition.

Pip Burrows

Interior Designer
Brighton, UK

Brighton, UK

Pip Burrows is an interior designer, tasked with supporting the wider IBI Group interiors team, and working principally in the healthcare, science and education sectors. He consistently strives to create environments that inspire wellbeing across multiple sectors and takes a people focused approach to any scheme. He has taken a keen interest in healthcare design and is continually applying his design skills to aid in the production of high quality schemes. Pip has evolved a skill set well adapted to producing captivating visualisations and accurate technical detailing. He is also familiar with the associated challenges presented throughout a project and is capable of responding to these with innovative solutions.