Landmark Glasgow hospice officially opened

GLASGOW’S new £21 million Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice has been officially opened and will welcome its first patients in early November.

Based in the city’s Bellahouston Park, the facility has been designed by Ryder Architecture and is based on the patient-focused Sengetun model (meaning bed courtyard in Swedish).

The hospice has family bedrooms and large kitchens to maximise the time families can spend together, along with lounges, a sensory room, spa bathrooms and therapy rooms.

Alastair Forbes, architectural director at Ryder said, “We are just really proud of the building, it’s a fantastic achievement for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and the project team. It’s based on a different layout – a Sengetun model – which is the first time this Scandinavian ward layout has been realised in the UK.

“The whole design has been focused around dignity for patients and their families, and the volunteers and staff here, and the key driver through the design was patient choice.”

Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice added, “This is a fantastic day for the thousands of people who have supported the Brick by Brick Appeal over the past six years, for our staff and volunteers and, most importantly, for the patients and families we care for. This wonderful new building, located in a beautiful setting in one of Glasgow’s most loved parks, will allow us to provide the very highest standards of palliative care.”