Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice Glasgow, PPWH Bellahouston Park, Strathclyde

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Building

PPWH: New Healthcare Building in Scotland – design by Ryder Architecture

9 Apr 2019

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Building in Glasgow

PPWH – Pioneering Approach Brings Glasgow to Forefront of Modern Care

Designed by international design practice Ryder Architecture, The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice is the first palliative care facility in the UK to follow the Sengetun model of healthcare design.

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Building in Glasgow

This innovative Scandinavian model uses pioneering research, which links the design of a healthcare facility to patients’ wellbeing, to deliver a world class development. This is achieved by putting the patient first and offering choice, in a place that deliberately does not look like a hospice and feels more like home.

The design team worked alongside hospice staff throughout the design process, such as focussing on reducing staff walking distances to allow more time for direct patient care. In addition, the Sengetun layout allows new technology to be fully utilised, changing the face of how care is provided.

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Building in Glasgow

The Sengetun layout is especially supportive to patients with confusion, sensory impairments or dementia. The open communal areas create a sense of place, positively impacting on the quality of all visitor experiences, including staff and relatives as well as patients.

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Building in Glasgow

Despite bringing twenty first century care to the city of Glasgow, the hospice is careful to not forget its roots of Carlton Place, a Georgian townhouse in which the previous hospice lived for over 30 years. In the new building, subtle references include the various alcoves for private reflection or discussion, which were an important feature of Glasgow townhouses. Additionally, the original front door was relocated to be the entrance point of the new scheme, ensuring the old and new schemes are always intrinsically linked.

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Building in Glasgow

Alastair Forbes, architectural director at Ryder, explained, “The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice is leading the way in palliative care and transforming the traditional concept of a hospice to providing an exemplar person centred care facility. Wholly contemporary, the new hospice is and is a special place which feels comfortably like home – humble, dignified, unobtrusive and private when required.”

The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice welcomed the first patients in November 2018.

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Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice Building

Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Glasgow interior design
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