Work begins on Surrey's new £17.5 million hospice that will provide critical end of life care

Front of the Hospice CGI
-Credit: (Image: R H Partnership Architects)

Work has started on a 3,700 square-metre new hospice in Farnham. Once built the £11.5 million project will provide critical end of life care for Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice paitents.

The purpose built centre will include a low level single storey building, with 18 bedrooms and ensuite wet rooms. Each room will have bifold doors which will open out into the courtyard or surrounding gardens. This will be supported by specialist suites for education, wellbeing and exercise.

The in-patient unit will be attached to a two-storey building. On the ground floor will be a reception, lobby, kitchens, cafeteria and lounges as well as a plant room as well as clinical space. On the first floor, there will be room for Phyllis Tuckwell staff, who have been relocated to various temporary sites.

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The hospice is set to be completed towards the end of 2025 and will replace the old which was built over 90 years ago and is no longer fit for purpose.

Work has begun to clear the site ready for the foundations to go in. Beard, the construction company, has said it is working with local residents and stakeholders to ensure all work is conducted safely.

CGI of  the bedrooms
What one of the bedrooms could look like -Credit:R H Partnership Architects

A tower crane will be used to manage deliveries and help with construction. Beard staff are also supporting the hospice in its fundraising efforts.

With the total cost of the project nearing £17.5 million, Phyllis Tuckwell has been saving for this over several years. While they have gathered the £11.5 million to be put towards building costs they are now looking for help raising the additional £6 million.

Sarah Church, chief executive of Phyllis Tuckwell, said: “Around 17,000 people had been cared for on our In-Patient Unit, let alone the many thousands of others cared for at home, since the hospice was launched. As demand increases, this new chapter in our history means we will be able to care for many more thousands of local residents who will need us in the years to come. Given Beard’s reputation and experience in the sector, they are a tremendous fit to build our brand-new hospice.”

On the charity's website the hospice is described as a place that will offer care to people across Surrey and Hampshire. Inside an education suite is set to train local medical staff on palliative care, and the centre will also act as a base for community teams, supporting people to have peaceful deaths in their own homes.

Phyllis Tuckwell says that up to one in three of local people will rely on Phyllis Tuckwell for support at the end of their lives.

Tom Jenkinson, Beard’s Guildford director, said: “Many of our team here live locally, so they are really enthusiastic about the difference this building will make to the local community. We are thrilled to be involved in this build, and look forward to seeing it as it emerges from this ground-breaking event. It’s a great opportunity to utilise our expertise and experience in building high-quality, specialist healthcare facilities across the region and further afield.”

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