Hospice refurbishment works begin

Construction and manufacturing company, CCG, will this week begin refurbishment works at St Andrew’s Hospice.

The £9m refurbishment and reconfiguration of the Hospice’s Henderson Street site will see the building retain its existing façade but internally it will be transformed to increase the number of single bedded rooms which will be available alongside multi-occupancy rooms. All rooms will have direct access to the much loved gardens, with some rooms providing space for loved ones to stay overnight. In addition, a separate patient entrance will be created providing discreet admission to the wards.

CCG’s first phase of activity will be to set up and prepare the site for construction. The site team will install perimeter fencing and set up site accommodation.

Calum Murray, Director of CCG said: “This project is a fantastic opportunity to enhance the service provision for patients and users and is a project we care deeply about following our recent completion of other similar projects across Scotland.

“We will work closely with the hospice team to support the good work that they do and seek to minimise disruption during the construction programme.”

Bruce High, Chief Executive of St Andrew’s Hospice said, “We are delighted at last to be starting the building stage of this project which has been in the planning for so long. This is the biggest change to the hospice since it was first built 30 years ago.

“Over the next 12 months we will see the hospice being gradually transformed into accommodation that reflects the current needs of our patients and visitors. Future users of the hospice will benefit from a brighter more modern environment with more space, privacy and access to outdoor space in our gardens and courtyard. CCG, our chosen builders have an excellent track-record and reputation and we are confident they will do a first class job to allow us to continue to serve the people of Lanarkshire for many years to come.”

The refurbishment work will cost around £9m. We have therefore been running a Capital Appeal to raise the necessary funds to pay for this. To date, the St Andrew’s Hospice Capital Appeal Team have raised over £4.8m of the £9m target. To donate to the Capital Appeal, book tickets to upcoming events or for advice on holding your own fundraiser for the Appeal, please click on the links provided.

Joe Cairney (Chair of the Board, St Andrew’s Hospice), Bruce High, handing over the Hospice keys to John Butler from CCG

Joe Cairney (Chair of the Board, St Andrew’s Hospice), Bruce High, handing over the Hospice keys to John Butler from CCG