Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

Alastair Forbes, architectural director at Ryder, talks to Urban Realm magazine about the newly completed Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

"The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice takes the form of a series of cottages which sit under idiosyncratic roofs but, when you analyse the cross section, it's a house within a house.  This creates a stepped edge which is essentially a veranda.  No matter how cold it is, patients will want to be outside on the veranda a lot of the time wrapped in blankets.

"There's a 12m rise from Dumbreck Road to the top of the site so it's very much a building designed in section.  What we did was a back of house wing which digs into the hillside and contains all the heavy lifting services which are not seen.  That allows the front four villas to be far more domestic in scale.  No matter where you are you can always get an outside view and we use the roof space for office accommodation.  You should never be able to see the full building in its entirety from any one point - it should reveal itself as you move around."

Read the full article in the winter 2018 edition of Urban Realm.