St Benedict’s Hospice, Sunderland

The specialist centre for integrated palliative care services dedicates itself to providing first class care for patients with life limiting illnesses and the support of their families. St Benedict’s Hospice relocated to a new facility after serving the local community since 1984. The new £12m facility is light, spacious and the client has taken great care to ensure the building doesn’t look like a clinical environment.

Winner of Project of the Year at CENE 2014 and funded by the South Tyneside NHS Trust, the site is extensive and feels more like a hotel than a hospital. The wide corridors and abundance of outside space makes the state-of-the-art facility truly unique.

The works provided by Laidlaw Balustrades include four staircases and a large external balcony overlooking the lake and the surrounding countryside. The 25m external balcony has been custom made to suit the shallow curve of the building and the toughened glass has been sandblasted for a decorative effect.

While the external staircase was supplied in high quality brushed stainless steel (marine grade 316) the 3 internal staircases were supplied in our Nylon system: complete with colour contrasting tactile elements and 10mm clear toughened glass infill’s making the staircases feel spacious and welcoming. The highly fracture resistant and with a smooth surface of the Nylon system is available in a wide range of colours and designed to meet the requirements BS8300 and ADM.

St Benedict’s Hospice is still providing care services in the original premises, including 14 in-patient beds, day care and lymphoedema and outpatient services as well as a number of community nursing teams and an education centre. Whilst working for Wilmott Dixon, Laidlaw Balustrades provided custom made handrails and balustrades to suit and a full service package that included site survey, production drawings, manufacture and installation.