A new £555,000 hospice facility has officially opened.
Hartlepool & District Hospice’s new Holistic Wellbeing Centre was built by Gus Robinson Developments and will provide a range of care and complimentary therapies freeing up space in the existing hospice building.
The centre, which was designed around a maritime theme by architects PMK Design Associates, was completed in just six months and will be followed by further expansion to provide six new private bedrooms.
The facility was officially opened by Dan Robinson, chairman of Gus Robinson Developments, and Lorna Jones, daughter of the hospice’s founder Alice Bendle.
Mr Robinson said: “It was an immense privilege to work on this project because everybody who is associated with Hartlepool knows how much the hospice means to the town and its residents.
“What strikes me every time I visit the hospice is the dignity and compassion of the staff – it really is inspiring.
“Rarely have we worked on a project that has engaged staff as much as this one has. It’s a beautiful building, marvellous inside and marvellous outside with a fantastic design.
“We are all really looking forward to Phase 2.”
Work on the 3,035 sq ft building started last November with a bespoke design connected by a link corridor to the existing hospice.
It will provide day services and social activities for hospice patients like hairdressing and craft sessions, and a bereavement and counselling facility away from the main residential building.
The Department of Health-funded centre will also operate as an activity hub for the community to use at evenings and weekends, bringing in essential funds to the hospice through room hire.
Hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall said: “It really is a beautiful building of such high quality and design. Gus Robinson Developments has completed the work so professionally and their staff were friendly and courteous at all times on site.
“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 local economy.”
Phase 2 starts straight away and is expected to be completed in September.