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
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."
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