PLANS for a multi-million pound revamp of St Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield have taken a big step forward, as charity bosses appoint a company to carry out the work.
Progress on the £5.5 million redevelopment is now hurtling ahead, with construction due to start at the site in Whirlow in June, just a few weeks away.
Managers at the charity have chosen international firm Interserve to build the extension.
They will convert the inpatient unit at the 41-year-old building into a modern set of en-suite bedrooms.
The ageing unit - which was the first of its kind outside London when it was built back in 1971 - will be transformed from four large wards into 14 single and two triple rooms, according to plans drawn up by Sheffield-based architects Race Cottam Associates.
Chief executive Peter Hartland said: “We are absolutely delighted to have completed the selection process. I would like to thank all those who tendered.
“In the end Interserve offered us the best value and is committed to a high-quality process and product.
“We are now finalising the detailed plans for June and will be keeping our neighbours informed of the process.
“The hospice has decided to get on with this work to safeguard a key part of our service, which was under threat owing to the age and condition of our facilities.”
St Luke’s, which treats 1,500 terminally ill people in Sheffield each year, is due to unveil plans in the coming weeks to raise the £5.5m it needs for the project.
The funds are separate to the £4m it needs to raise each year just to keep the hospice open.
Kevin Frain, divisional director of Interserve, said: “As a native of the city, I have always been very aware of St Luke’s Hospice and greatly admired its work. We at Interserve will be very proud to play our part in providing these excellent new facilities.”
Interserve is a British company operating across the globe.
The firm has worked on some of Sheffield’s most famous sites, including the Don Valley Stadium, the Motorpoint Arena, the Millennium Gallery and the Winter Gardens, as well as several schools and the English Institute of Sport.
The charity hopes to have the extension completed by August 2013.
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