New Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice receives national recognition

Thorpe Hall Hospice
Thorpe Hall Hospice

The new Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice building has received national recognition for its design.

The state-of-the-art, 20-bed unit in Longthorpe, Peterborough, was highly commended in two categories at the prestigious Building Better Healthcare Awards – Best End-of-Life Care Development and Award for Estates Improvement.

Hospice director Jane Petit was on hand to help the team from Newcastle-based architects JDDK, who designed the building, celebrate at the ceremony in London.

She said: “More than 2,500 people came to view the building before we welcomed our first patients and commented on the level of detail and feeling of space and light.

“People were overawed by the access to the gardens and the melding together of old and new. This building has given us an environment which supports the incredible care we provide and that is designed work with us for the benefit of the patients and their families.”

The judges commented particularly on the building’s setting saying: “We like the way it focuses on the gardens as well as the building itself. It has fitted in really well behind a very old building.”

JDDK associate Adam Vaughan, who worked closely with the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall team, said: “We’re naturally delighted to have had recognition for this project.

“A Grade 1 listed country house within a listed landscape is a very sensitive setting to work with. This single storey design not only answers the client’s brief but also satisfied the various conditions agreed by English Heritage and Peterborough City Council.”