At Dove Cottage, Franklin Ellis helped secure a £357,000 Department of Health ‘Help the Hospices’ grant that enabled the centre to realise a project to extend and improve existing facilities to provide better quality care to improve quality of life for patients.
The project involved the construction of new two storey extension to provide a garden room, therapy treatment rooms, assisted bathroom, disabled toilets and ancillary stores plus storage at first floor level. Remodelling of the existing rooms to provide enlarged kitchen facilities, tearoom and office, plus relandscaped carparking and garden areas.
The proposed alterations and extension to the hospice aimed to address the growing needs of the Hospice. The three new therapy rooms allow the Hospice to offer an increased range of diversional and complementary therapies and the new garden room provides a dedicated space for the chaplaincy team, and is a place to relax and rest, a place to laugh or to cry; a special place for memories, prayer and contemplation.
The design of the building is generally traditional in form, in keeping with the local vernacular and the existing buildings. Traditional materials were proposed for the extension; facing red brick, vertically hung clay tiles and clay pantile tiles. The ‘garden room’ has been conceived as a small ‘jewel’, detached from the remainder of the hospice, with a slightly modern twist to the roof design to emphasise its importance and special quality.
Franklin Ellis secured planning approval for the scheme and produced a building control pack for Dove Cottage’s own builder to construct the scheme.
Dove Cottage Day Hospice