Grove House is a hospice next door to St Albans Hospital. Built in the 1990s it is in need of significant improvement to allow it to continue to provide high-quality care and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses.
Ben Adams Architects first became involved with the project as part of our ongoing commitment to CRASH, an organisation which pairs up architects with charitable projects in need of their services. Following a pro bono feasibility study to identify the need for a full internal refurbishment and extension, we have undertaken works at a charitable rate and sourced free construction materials wherever possible to keep costs low within a tight budget.
The existing reception area has been opened up to create a generous and welcoming area with tea points for visitors. Two light-filled rooms, a conservatory and a multi-purpose room, each with garden views have been added to the rear of the building to provide flexible spaces to accommodate the expanding programme of activities for patients and caregivers.
Finishes have been designed to be robust and easy to maintain but also selected to create a calm, comfortable, and welcoming interior for staff and patients.
The project was informed by detailed consultation with management and clinical staff to understand the particular needs of those using the facility. A short construction period keeps disruption to a minimum and allows the building to be fully operational throughout the works.