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[29 JUN 99] JONATHAN HOLLAND ARCHITECTS PRESS RELEASE
Duke of Gloucester Praises Kenilworth Architect

A Kenilworth architect has been praised by the Duke of Gloucester for his work on a Warwickshire hospice extension.

Jonathan Holland, whose Warwick Road firm Jonathan Holland Architects was chosen to design a new wing for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton, met the Duke at the official opening of the extension recently.

Duke of Gloucester and Jonathan Holland
THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER PRAISES JONATHAN HOLLAND FOR HIS WORK ON THE HOSPICCE EXTENSION

The Duke, himself a qualified architect, was so keen to follow the progress of the building from inception to completion, that he asked Jonathan to bring the plans with him to the opening.

"The Duke was very impressed with the work of the hospice and congratulated us on a superb team effort," explained Jonathan.

His Royal Highness spent about an hour discussing the new facility and chatting to staff, volunteers and patients before experiencing two specially designed rooms aimed at providing relaxation for the patients.

Jonathan Holland Architects were appointed by the hospice board of directors to carry out the work following the launch of a 450,000 appeal to expand its services.

Construction work began a year ago.

Hospice bursar Brian Humphriss explained:

"Jonathan gave us an excellent presentation which was extremely impressive. He gave us a very competitive estimate and the whole project ended up below budget.

"In addition, his help and understanding enabled the day hospice to remain open during building and refurbishment with the minimum of disruption to our services."

The 300,000 building, which means staff are now able to treat a total of 12 patients a day, offers relaxation rooms, a conservatory, office, showers, laundry room, and a seminar room.

The architects also refurbished the interior of the existing building to offer new clinical rooms, a kitchen, lounge and dining area.

"The building is clearly a reflection of the success of the existing service and these additional bricks and mortar will enable staff and volunteers to carry on the good work," the Duke told staff, patients and guests at the official opening.

"I would like to congratulate those who planned the design of this building and those who have seen the project to its fruition."

For further information on this press release contact Jonathan Holland on 01926 855259.
   

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