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CHASE Hospice

  Customer - Shooting Star CHASE - Hospice care for children and teenagers

Architect - Woodley Lucas

Contract value - £300,000

Contract duration - 22 weeks

Procurement - Competitive Tender


Case Study - Christopher's Children's Hospice - near Guildford

Creative alterations and a separate maintenance building help Children's Hospice to maximise space and facilities.

Beard was responsible for all aspects of this extension and refurbishment project to improve facilities at Christopher's Children's Hospice near Guildford. The initial phase of work involved the construction of a traditional two-storey maintenance building, with storage rooms and toilets on the ground floor and open plan accommodation above for staff meetings and training. A moveable acoustic screen to divide the space plus a secondary external staircase adds further flexibility.

Within the main building, the space created by relocating maintenance services was adapted to form a new administration area. This in turn freed up a first floor office area, which the team converted into a self-contained flat for families on extended stays.

By replacing the lift, it was possible to reconfigure a plant room, knocking this through to create a larger social area for teenagers. In other areas of the building, a soundproof music room was created as well as a craft and activity room for younger children.

Challenges & Solutions

The busy Hospice remained occupied and in full use throughout all stages of the work, requiring a very sensitive and considerate approach from all team members.

Adapting construction activities to fit with changing routines and close coordination with Hospice staff helped to ensure minimal disturbance to children and families in their care.

Phasing the project ensured that different areas of the building could be released in sequence to ensure smooth progression for the works.

"By clever manipulation of space, we now have more room for visting families and for more children's activities. Beard's team were very considerate and worked closely with us to ensure minimal disruption to the children and families in our care - we're really happy with the new space. ”
Bridget Turner, Director of Care, Shooting Star CHASE