Jeakins Weir has commenced a major building project at the LOROS Hospice site on Groby Road in Leicester. The £4.5 million contract is a multi phase extension with the aim of improving and updating the hospice’s facilities. Building work is expected to be completed by mid 2018. The hospice will remain fully operational throughout.
On Monday 3rd October 2016, the official turf cutting ceremony took place, seeing a special appearance from Alan Birchenall, Leicester City ambassador and LOROS patron.
Photo: (L-R) Alistair Weir (Jeakins Weir Managing Director), LOROS staff, John Knight (LOROS Chief Exec) & Alan Birchenall (LCFC), LOROS staff
LOROS Hospice is a charity which each year cares for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It delivers free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill patients, their family and carers.
Jeakins Weir’s first job is the construction of a single-storey Professional Development Centre (pictured above) based on the grassed area adjacent to the LOROS hospice car park, as well as an extension to the Willows Wing. It will then refurbish and extend three separate single storey buildings comprising the Day Therapy and Outpatients Departments.
Later phases will see Jeakins Weir altering and refurbishing the kitchen and dining courtyard and altering an existing staff office to make it open plan. There will also be changes to several car parks, as well as other external works and landscaping.
Jeakins Weir MD Alistair Weir said: “We are delighted to be working in the healthcare sector for such an important charity as LOROS. The hospice provides tremendous care and support to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It will be great to see how the site is transformed by the building and extension works. Our aim is to ensure any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.”
The architect is Hitchman Stone Partnership and LOROS’s project advisors are Edmond Shipway Construction Consultants.