Rhona Baillie, CEO of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice (PPWH) in Glasgow discusses in RIBA J why Ryder were her chosen architect for the new build project.
"We didn’t want an architect with healthcare experience. We didn’t want a healthcare environment. We wanted a fantastic listener, a practice that was willing to work hand in hand with us." So that’s how PPWH ended up with Ryder Architecture. PPWH had actually started looking for an architect by asking local people, even a group of students at the University of Strathclyde. As it turned out, the same three or four practice names kept coming up, but 10 were invited for interview at the first stage, to meet over a cup of coffee, and were whittled down to five for the second.
Ryder clinched the project with the suggestion that the hospice should take the Georgian style door of the current premises at Carlton Place on the south bank of the Clyde, to its new location - a green corner of Bellahouston Park. It wasn’t just that Ryder thought the door would provide continuity, but that sliding doors make buildings feel institutional, and the old door would make staff, families and patients feel more at home. Read more in the RIBA J article.