Phase one of Rowans Hospice’s ambitious three-phase refurbishment project will commence on Monday 29 July, as local contractors T Coleborn & Sons Ltd arrive on site.
The first phase, which is planned to take about 85 weeks to complete, will involve the total refurbishment and modernisation of the in-patient ward.
Talking about the contract and first phase, Project Manager for T Coleborn & Sons Ltd, Barry Thomas stated:
“T Coleborn & Sons was established in 1783 and we believe it to be the oldest building contractor in Portsmouth. To date this is our most deserving contract. As a local company, employing local people we all know of family members or friends who have benefited from Rowans exceptional care. So we see the contract as something special, as we will be playing a part in the continuing development and quality of hospice care for our local community.”
Barry also added:
“It is also a sizeable project that offers us the opportunity to showcase our high quality craftsmanship and has meant that we have been able to employ three more people. The entire project but especially phase one, will utilise the extensive experience we have gained in working in health and social care settings. Our priority will be to minimise the disruption to the running of the hospice and maintain an environment which is sensitive to the needs of patients and loved ones currently in their care.”
Jenny Redman, Director of Quality at Rowans Hospice, will be overseeing the building project. Jenny commented:
“We were delighted to be able to appoint T Coleborn & Sons Ltd for this largescale project. They are a local company with extensive experience of refurbishment projects and specifically in healthcare and education. They have already undertaken building projects for the Hospice successfully and therefore we are confident in their workmanship and more importantly we know that they understand the needs of our patients and relatives.”
Divided into four stages this initial phase will comprise of the full refurbishment of the 19 individual patient rooms and en-suites, to help patients feel at home and in control of their surroundings. The re-development of the patient entrance will provide a more welcoming entrance way for patients as they come into our care. New sitting areas will be created to allow space for family time, as well as private rooms for one-to-one conversations and consultations
Talking about the building work commencing Ruth White, Rowans Chief Executive said:
“It is a really exciting day for everyone at Rowans and for our amazing community who are getting behind our Silver Jubilee Appeal. They have been incredible in helping us to raise the money needed to ensure that we can start to build a care environment equipped to cope with the changing needs and demands of the local community. We honestly cannot thank everyone enough, whether it has been to fill up a Silver Jubilee coin box, donate their unwanted silver, take part in our events or undertake their own challenge.”
“This is only phase one of three phases so we have a long way to go still to raise the £7.5million needed. We hope that the momentum of community support both from individuals and corporate partners will build as they begin to see the impact that their donations are having in helping use to build hospice care fit for the future.”