WORK has started on a new £550,000 facility at Hartlepool & District Hospice.
Gus Robinson Developments will build the new Holistic Wellbeing Centre over the next few months with a view to it opening in spring next year.
The centre will provide a range of care and complimentary therapies, freeing up space in the existing hospice building which opened in 2004.
Funding for the new facility has come from the Department of Health and Gus Robinson Developments expects to use more than 100 people during the construction phase, with 20 staff on site at any one time.
Jeanette Henderson, financial director at the firm, said: “This is a fantastic contract to win because everybody who is associated with Hartlepool knows how much the hospice means to the town and its residents.
“The new facility will be a welcome addition that will build upon the excellent care and services already provided at the hospice.”
Work on the 3,035 sq ft building started earlier this month and is being built to a bespoke design connected via a link corridor to the existing hospice.
The Holistic Wellbeing Centre will provide day services and social activities for hospice patients such as hairdressing and craft sessions, as well as a bereavement and counselling facility away from the main residential building.
Sandra Britten, deputy chief executive at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “We are delighted that we will soon have this amazing Holistic Wellbeing Centre, separate from the main hospice but still very much part of it.
“It’s fantastic that we have been able to use a Hartlepool business to complete the construction project.
‘‘The majority of our funding comes from the people of the town so it’s good that we have been able to repay that by supporting the Hartlepool economy.”