The Arthur Rank Hospice - Double Award Winner at the 2017 RICS Awards

Danielle Wynn
The Arthur Rank Hospice was announced last night as the winner of the 2017 RICS Award under the East of England, Community Benefits Category!

An incredible result for the team who went up against 6 projects. The project then went on to win the award of the night, The Project of the Year 2017!

The Arthur Rank Hospice Charity is dedicated to providing specialist palliative care and support to adult patients and their friends, families and carers. The charity has provided care free of charge over the last 35 years throughout the Cambridgeshire area. During this time, however, there has been an increase in demand for its services which has led to many of the facilities being no longer fit for purpose. In late 2013, the Hospice received approval to build a new facility and Faithful+Gould were appointed in 2014 to provide Cost Management Services for the project.

Appointed from RIBA stage 1, Faithful+Gould worked closely with the design team to ensure that the facilities required and aspirations of the client could be realised within the available budget. To achieve this, regular design workshops were held to ensure that as the design developed, the costs remained within the original budget. The project was procured using a two stage Design and Build route to ensure buildability within the design and utilised an NEC Option A form of contract.

Construction on site started on the 7th May 2015 and Faithful+Gould continued to monitor and control the costs on the project, carrying out monthly valuations and ensuring accurate and up-to-date financial reporting. The final account was agreed one month after Practical Completion was achieved and the project was delivered on budget and ahead of programme! This £10.5 million state-of-the-art Hospice is a new 24-bed facility spanning 4,000sqm. It also houses a commercial kitchen, day therapy facilities and an education centre to enable the hospice to train other healthcare professionals in end of life care.

The Hospice meets the design standards of a Hospital, though every effort has been made to avoid the clinical atmosphere and with all inpatients having direct access to the gardens, a very relaxed and welcoming atmosphere is achieved.

Post completion, Emma Moore, the Post Contract Quantity Surveyor from our Cambridge Office, is volunteering every other Monday afternoon serving afternoon tea to those on the in-patient unit. Reflecting on last nights wins, Emma Moore is 'immensely proud to have been part of the team that so successfully delivered the new Arthur Rank Hospice. It is a privilege to have played a part in the delivery of this wonderful facility that will benefit our local community'.

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