Building a new Arthur Rank Hospice
We are delighted to share this beautiful gallery of Helena g Anderson's photographs (right) which she took each month during the new hospice build project, charting its progress.
The Mill Road site of Arthur Rank Hospice will always have a fond place in our hearts, having been our home for 35 years, allowing us to deliver essential care and services to thousands of people living with a life-limiting illness, across much of Cambridgeshire.
However, it had become clear that the building was no longer able to cope with the level of demand and that many of the Brookfield site's facilities were no longer fit for purpose. To refurbish the Hospice to an acceptable level would have meant closing for a year and spending £3.5 million on building work. We felt that money would be better spent going towards a new, centrally located, hospice.
In November 2013, we were delighted to inform our supporters that our preferred site of Shelford Bottom, a green and leafy site with good transport access, would be the location for our new hospice.
Our architects, LSI were appointed in January 2014 and in September 2014 we appointed Barnes Construction, a family owned Ipswich company as our construction partner.
On 22 December 2014, we were delighted to receive confirmation that our plans had been approved by both South Cambs District Countil committee and Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State.
Building commenced on 7 May 2015 and by July 2015, £6.4 million had been raised to fund the £10.5 million project. By November 2015, more than £6.61 million had been raised. On 15 December 2015 the hospice was declared watertight, at which point £7.2 million had been secured to fund the project. May 2016 saw the fund raised increase to £7.7 million and a real milestone for the Hospice, meaning less than £3 million left to go!
On 14 October, the state-of-the-art building was handed over to the Charity, two weeks ahead of schedule and on budget.
On 11 November 2016, doors opened to patients, with services and care now being delivered from our new home at Shelford Bottom: a spacious, attractive and therapeutic environment: designed with great consideration for the patient's need, with vastly improved facilities allowing for increased service capacity.
To download and view a timeline of the Hospice's history which was prepared for the time capsule which we laid at the Mill Road site on our last day of delivering care there, please CLICK here.
Following great support from the community, the Charity continues to work hard to raise the balance of the funds needed for the £10.5m build.
If you are keen to help or would like to find out more, please contact the charty team on 01223 675888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your support for this project will help us to help the many patients and families who will sadly need our services in the future.
Thank you for your greatly valued support!