Our new hospice building is progressing well

New Hospice News

With building work at our new hospice home progressing well, we’ve never been closer to our ambition of helping more people at the hospice and out in the community.  

The steel frame of our new building is now in place, bringing our architect’s drawings to life and showing the scale of our new hospice as part of the Woodgate development at Pease Pottage.

We’re thrilled that our new hospice sits at the centre of the Woodgate community

It’s only thanks to our supporters’ generosity that we’ve been able to take this exciting journey to transform local end of life care, so it seems apt that our hospice has a central community location.

Our new hospice overlooks an outside green with a children’s play area, and is next door to a community hub, which is home to a coffee shop, village store and meeting rooms. We hope this, along with a public hairdressers in our Living Well Centre, will encourage more people to come into our hospice and interact with us, helping to break down taboos that a hospice is a scary or gloomy place to be avoided.

As well as public spaces in and around our new hospice, our new building has been thoughtfully designed to enhance the local landscape and minimally impact the environment

Although our new floor area is 60% more than at Malthouse Road, our new building design follows ‘Passive House’ principles. This means our energy consumption will be less, helped by excellent insulation and natural ventilation.

The main heating plant will generate power for our site and our green planted ward roofs will also house solar panels. LED, intelligent lighting will also prevent lights being left on unnecessarily.

As well as sustainability, we’ve worked alongside experts to make sure our building is suitable for people with different conditions including dementia

A joint study by The Kings Fund and The Princes Trust identified different design factors that help provide enhanced care. These include access to the natural environment, comfortable surroundings that provide dignity, an easy flow for people to remain independent and the discreet use of clinical equipment. These elements have all been incorporated into our new spaces. Expanded community and outpatient facilities will also help us provide enhanced care to more people across our community.

Paul Rycroft, our New Build Delivery and Collaboration Director said,

“This is the biggest investment in local healthcare in many years and the design of our new hospice will improve care right now and long into the future. We’re immensely grateful to everyone who has supported us and continues to do so. You are helping make a long-held dream of St Catherine’s come true. Thank you.”

To make a donation towards our new hospice please make a donation online or call our Fundraising team on 01293 447361.