WELSH Slate was specified for the new £21 million Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park.
The building features Welsh Slate’s Penrhyn Heather Blue Celtic grade 270mm x 180mm roof slates, which are complemented by a cladding veneer of the same colour over a total of 1,400 square metres of the outer façade layer of ‘protective’ eaves and bedroom terraces.
The materials were specified for the first time by Ryder Architecture for the facility, which comprises a 16-bed in-patients unit including young adult bedrooms, with support and family space including large kitchens, day services, educational area, and administration and clinical offices over three storeys.
The Scandinavian-inspired hospice is the first in the UK to follow the Sengetun model of care, which promotes a home-from-home setting that also allows patients privacy.
Project architect Alastair Forbes said, “The quality of the materials proposed is critical to the success of the project and the manner in which the materials are detailed is significant in providing suitable scale and presence for the building on the site.”
Welsh Slate commercial director Michael Hallé added, “The cladding system used on this project is the first time a composite panel with a Welsh Slate veneer has been used. The overall appearance of the Welsh Slate on the project is stunning and it sits beautifully within the environment.”