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Construction Firm Announces Completion of Residential Facility for St David’s Hospice Care


Construction specialist Andrew Scott Ltd is pleased to announce the completion of a new build in-patient hospice in Newport. The £4 million project was completed for client St David’s Hospice Care, a free and comprehensive palliative care service that supports individuals facing progressive life-limiting illnesses which are no longer curable, their families and carers.

Operating throughout Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen, and South and Mid Powys, St David’s Hospice Care approached Andrew Scott to develop a 15-bed facility to strengthen the service that they offer to thousands of patients and their families. The new hospice is conveniently located next to St David’s main hospice building.

 “We started this 60-week development programme back in January 2016 and are pleased to confirm its completion. The construction of the residential care centre is innovative, and incorporates low energy fittings and plant to minimise demand. Features that saw us achieve the required BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for the construction. The project didn’t come without its challenges however. The difficult topography saw our temporary works department redesign all retaining structures, a process that saved the off-site disposal of more than 20,000t of material,” said Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd.

As well as producing state-of-the-art bedrooms, complete with en-suites, the unit has its own private terrace with large sliding glazed doors, an area that can be flexibly heated and cooled courtesy of its fan-coil units. The new build residential care facility also has a central circulation and social space, entrance lobbies with large open spaces, and a fully glazed garden room with social hub and café.

The centre will be run by St David’s Hospice Care in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Newport City Council.

 “St David’s Hospice Care provides care for more than 3,000 patients, with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as motor neurone disease and end-stage heart failure, and their families every year. Funded partly by the Health Minister, the addition of the new hospice means St David’s Hospice Care can expand its offering. The new in-patient hospice ensures excellent surroundings and has already made a huge difference to St David’s Hospice patients and their families,” concluded Mark.


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