St Teresa’s Hospice Darlington
Creation of a 10 room Palliative Care Unit which provided a ‘home from home’ environment for patients and their families without compromising clinical standards.
Located adjacent to the existing Hospice building – the Grade II listed Woodlands, in Darlington – the design departs from a traditional clinical appearance and offers bespoke finishes to all rooms as well as access to a private garden and seating areas.
Maintaining the privacy of the adjacent domestic properties as well as having minimal impact on its surroundings was crucial to achieving planning on this complex site. As a low single storey structure, it was important that the design achieved a good balance between the listed Georgian architecture and gardens and the distinctive contemporary appearance of the new unit.
This was achieved in a number of ways; from the choice of brick and slate to match the existing buildings to the use of coloured aluminium for the windows and choice of timber cladding. These provided a warm and welcoming approach to the new facility and resonated with the ‘Woodlands’ theme.
The Palliative Care Unit was ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2017 RICS Awards.