The Teesside office of international project management and cost consultants Faithful+Gould is celebrating starting work with Grace House Children’s Hospice in Sunderland.
Working closely with broadcaster and columnist Kathy Secker, who founded the Grace House Children’s Hospice Appeal, Faithful+Gould has donated project management services for the initial stages to deliver the hospice, with a build value in the region of £3.5 million.
The purpose built self-contained, eight bed hospice will provide respite and terminal care for sick children with a team of dedicated professionals with the most up-to-date medical skills and palliative care. Support will be available 24 hours a day. Accommodation will also be provided for families wishing to stay with their sick children.
With a catchment area stretching from the Borders down to Teesside, Grace House will limit the need for families to travel for hospice care. Its facilities will include an education room, sensory room, a hydrotherapy pool as well as accommodation for activities such as music and craft. Grace House will also provide educational support services for children.
Overseeing the architect, contractor and other project team members, Faithful+Gould has already initiated discussions with world renowned architect Piers Gough. Its remit includes providing initial cost estimates, tendering the works as well as carrying out the programme management of the project and supervision of the construction on site and assisting with the budget management of the construction phase.
Clare Clayton, project manager of the scheme for Faithful+Gould, said: "We are delighted to be working so closely with Grace House on this very worthwhile project. The project has presented some diverse challenges to our team including raising the £5 million which is required to build, equip and run the Hospice for its first year."
As the north east has the lowest number of hospice beds for children in the whole country, Grace House will provide a much needed addition to existing services offering respite and terminal care to over 1,200 north east families whose children have life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses.
Kathy Secker, appeal founder of Grace House, commented: "We are extremely grateful for the dedicated support of Faithful+Gould’s project management team. This is a very exciting time for us and we are all looking forward to seeing the start of the project on site in 2008."