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Ground breaking hospice opens its doors in Bellahouston Park

October 30 2018

Ground breaking hospice opens its doors in Bellahouston Park

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice have marked a milestone moment with the unveil of a purpose-built care hub in the grounds of Bellahouston park, Glasgow.

Today’s opening of The Arnold Clark Building is the culmination of a mammoth £21m fundraising drive over eight years to deliver purpose-built accommodation for 1,200 patients and their families within a parkland setting gifted by the city council.

Belying its size the hospice is partially sunk into a hillside and spread across interlinked ‘villas’ to foster a domestic scale and sit harmoniously within the landscape. Designed by Ryder Architecture and ERZ the building and grounds cater for patients as young as 16, providing palliative care and a supportive environment for them and their families.

Rolf Roscher at ERZ Studio told Urban Realm: “There are lots of different types of outdoor space. All the patient bedrooms are on the ground floor. They’ve all got their individual semi=private garden terrace space but then it opens out to the larger landscape to give views and space.

“It’s ultimately an enclosed site, it’s got a fence around it, but we’ve tried to integrate it visually. The building takes up less than 10% of the site with the rest taken up by landscaping.”

The building itself adopts the Scandinavian Sengetun model of care, with Bellahouston being the first UK project to embody its principles.  Alastair Forbes, architectural director at Ryder Architecture, said: “There is a back of house wing which digs into the hillside, that contains all the services which are not seen. That allows the front of the building to be far more domestic in scale.

“In the Sengetun model it’s a perimeter of single, personal bedrooms with a nurses station in the middle so that they have full visibility of the bedrooms. We really liked that idea from visits as we wanted to avoid putting everything in corridors.”

The move will see the hospice close the door on its Carlton Place city centre base, though not for the last time. The front door has been transported to Bellahouston Park to serve as a literal reminder of the hospices roots.


Sue Pearman
#1 Posted by Sue Pearman on 30 Oct 2018 at 17:28 PM
Admirable as this facility may be - there's a real issue here with building more and more in city parks and removing them from public use. The same happened with the Victoria Infirmary and the original site was sold to developers, which is presumably what will happen to the existing hospice facility in Calton Place. There are no shortage of vacant sites in this city and eating away the public parks is surely not the best outcome for the the city's residents.
John Hughes
#2 Posted by John Hughes on 30 Oct 2018 at 17:34 PM
What a fantastic achievement and a huge congratulations to everyone involved in making this a milestone moment today. Everyone involved from day one has made this happen and i wish to thank you all so much.
I love also that the front door from Carlton Place has been transported as a literal reminder of the hospice roots. Please lets not all forget that the hospice will continue to need the love and support from everyone. A Huge Big Thanks
#3 Posted by E=mc2 on 30 Oct 2018 at 21:17 PM
Was it designed by Ryder? I thought it was NORD originally
Fat Bloke on Tour
#4 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 2 Nov 2018 at 11:51 AM
Human scale / intelligent detailing -- might be the start of something good if other health service buildings followed its design ethos.

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