Published Thursday 20th July 2017

St Michael’s Hospice has won the title of the West of England’s ‘Most Inclusive Building’ at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards.

The LABC’s ‘Most Inclusive Building’ award recognises buildings that have gone above and beyond usual design standards in ensuring that they are accessible to and meet the needs of all of their users.

The project involved the original hospice building being repurposed into a day-care facility and the construction of a new training suite, office spaces and a high-spec timber framed inpatient building.

The new building was built to accommodate 20 private, en-suite rooms for inpatients, grouped into five clusters, with each sharing a lounge area and access to a private terrace where patients are able to enjoy views of the Herefordshire countryside.

The works also included the development of a new range of integrated services including quiet rooms, group meeting areas, therapy facilities and a newly constructed educational facility allowing for specialist in-house training.

The project team, including St Michael’s Hospice, building contractor Speller Metcalfe and Hereford architects Architype, had to evidence how they had successfully incorporated the needs of a wide range of users into the design of the building in order to win the award.

Architect Paul Neep expressed Architype’s pleasure at the recognition the project has received.

‘St Michael’s Hospice has touched the lives of so many people in Herefordshire and it has been a privilege to deliver this fantastic new facility that will enable them to continue with the highest possible healthcare standards in an uplifting, comfortable and relaxing environment whilst benefiting from significantly reduced running costs.’

Des O’Neill, Managing Director at Speller Metcalfe, said: ‘We are pleased to have been recognised once again for our inclusive approach.

‘At St Michael’s Hospice we worked hard to achieve a wholly inclusive space that allows patients privacy and dignity but also provides much-needed areas for patients to socialise and interact with one another and their loved ones.’

Speller Metcalfe were also shortlisted for ‘Best Public Service Building’ and ‘Best Large Commercial Project’, both for St Michael’s Hospice.

Ruth Denison, Director of Income and Marketing at St Michael’s Hospice said: ‘We are delighted that Herefordshire’s Hospice has received this prestigious award.

‘We are very proud of both the new building and the refurbished Day Services facility.

‘Thank you to Speller Metcalfe and Architype for helping us deliver this outstanding project which is helping us care for many more people than ever before.’