The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice

ClientThe Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice

LocationGlasgow

Project TypeHealthcare

CompletionApril 2019

Value£21m

Area5,840sqm

The hospice, located within Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park and surrounded by a context of historically significant villas and cottages, benefits from a civic presence with a form which mediates between the city it serves and its parkland landscape setting.

To negate the potential sprawl of the complex brief and adjacencies, the accommodation has been reduced to four interconnected villas that reduce the overall perception of the massing to a human scale.

The inpatient unit is based on the Sengetun model (meaning bed courtyard) which makes it easier for patients to identify, orientate themselves and feel comfortable within a smaller group. It also supports patients who may be easily confused and have sensory impairments of dementia.

If The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice represents design delivering a more human, domesticated and less intimidating form of hospice building for one of the most difficult periods in human life, then that is something to not only be welcomed but conveyed to as many other healthcare institutions as possible.

Ike Ijeh, Architectural Correspondent, Building