One of the most coveted sites in Glasgow now boasts one of its most innovative buildings with completion of a new palliative care centre by the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice.
Hospice Ploughs a New Furrow
Rhona Baillie, CEO of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, discusses in RIBA Journal why Ryder were her chosen architect for the 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 Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice (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: RIBAJ
The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, located in Glasgow's Bellahouston Park, was officially opened by Eva Bolander, Lord Provost of Glasgow, and Lady Clark, chairwoman of Arnold Clark.
Ryder Architecture and NBBJ have collaborated on the design of the newly completed hospital, as part of the High Wood Health consortium for NHS Dumfries and Galloway.