Work has started on the long-awaited Pear Tree Centre in Halesworth.
The £800,000 development for the Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund (HCNCF) will see an important new resource and support centre built in the Suffolk town, on land adjacent to existing health care services.
Daniel Connal Partnership are Project Managers on the development, which has been designed by award winning architects lsi. The contractor for the project is Great Yarmouth-based Elm Contracts (Contracting) Ltd.
The Pear Tree Centre will offer a range of support facilities to patients suffering from cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, along with their families and friends. The centre will give patients the opportunity to access information to understand their diagnoses, as well as receive practical advice on finance, benefits and other help that might be available. There will also be areas for local support groups to meet, a counselling room, library and therapy room where patients can receive complementary treatments, all in welcoming, light, airy and fully accessible spaces.
The HCNCF is a local charity, established in 1989, which works alongside the NHS and social services. It provides emotional, physical and practical support to patients and their families, as well as additional equipment and 24 hour care, to those in their final days, allowing them to remain in their own homes. Much of the funding for the new centre, which has strong local backing, was raised in the surrounding communities.
Mr Ted Edwards, co-chair of the Pear Tree Centre project said, “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported our fundraising drive, and look forward to watching the Pear Tree Centre rise from the ground over the coming months so that it can start to bring real benefits to local people.”
Senior Partner at DCP, Robert Dale, commented, “The Pear Tree Centre will provide vital information and support services to the community, and we are very proud to be part of the team working to deliver it.”
Work started on site at the beginning of January and it is anticipated that the building will be operational by the end of the year.
Image courtesy of lsi Architects