BALFOUR Beatty has been appointed the contractor for Glasgow’s new Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice at Bellahouston Park.
The first patients will arrive in 2018 at the site on land that was gifted by Glasgow City Council.
The hospice will be the first in the country to follow the Sengetun model of care, which has “placemaking” at the centre of its approach. This Scandinavian design is said to put patients and families first, and provides space for “privacy, dignity and compassionate care” for all ages.
In order to fund the building, the hospice still has to raise £2.7 million of the £21 million needed to finish the build. It recently launched Buy a Brick, the latest phase of its Brick by Brick Appeal.
Rhona Baillie, the hospice’s chief executive said, “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. 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 is leading the team of architects. He 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.”