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Shortlist double for Ashgate Hospicecare bedroom project

A project to create nine new private bedrooms at Ashgate Hospicecare has been shortlisted as a finalist for two awards at the East Midlands LABC Building Excellence Awards.

The £1 million project to transform bed bays into private rooms, has been shortlisted in two categories – Best Change of Use of an Existing Building and Best Small Commercial Project – in the awards.

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership (DBCP) nominated Ashgate Hospicecare for both awards following its work with a number of other local businesses and suppliers to deliver the project.

Completed last year, the £1 million project was made possible and affordable for Ashgate Hospicecare by a number of suppliers, like DBCP, giving their services and materials either free of charge or choosing to forgo any profits.

Thrilled to be shortlisted Alison Ward-Foster, Partnerships Manager at Ashgate Hospicecare, said: “The new bedrooms have made a significant impact on patients and how they spend precious time with those they love and also how many patients we have been able to care for during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only did the bays that we had before the new bedrooms provide our patients with no privacy, they also made infection control practises incredibly difficult.”

Redeveloping three, three-bedded bays, which were built when the hospice first opened 30 years ago, into nine individual, beautiful, modern and private bedrooms, means that Ashgate Hospicecare can now care for more people, cut waiting lists and allow patients and families much-needed privacy.

David Pratt, DBCP Building Control Manager, said: “The creation of the private rooms at Ashgate Hospicecare was a real team effort and exemplified collaborative working across all professions involved – from building control and architects to engineering and construction.

“Like everyone, we were absolutely delighted to be involved in a project that has already made a difference in the lives of many patients and families. I had no hesitation in putting forward Ashgate Hospicecare for the awards.”

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the winners will be announced at a special virtual ceremony on Thursday 27 August.

“The virtual event will be a wonderful way to celebrate what we have achieved for our patients and the people of North Derbyshire,” added Alison.

The LABC Regional Building Excellence Awards are the largest business to business awards in the UK. The annual awards celebrate building control surveyors, builders, architects, designers and anyone else involved in a construction project where building control has been provided by a local authority team.

The East Midlands regions covers construction projects across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.  All entries are reviewed and shortlisted by a panel of judges with the winners of the regional awards progressing to the national final.
To find out more about the Ashgate Hospicecare project and how DBCP contributed, please visit Or, or if you are concerned with any aspect of building control, please contact DBCP’s friendly team of experts for free advice on 0333 880 2000.

Derbyshire Building Control Partnership

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