Wates rolls out largest ever not-for-profit scheme at children’s hospice in Devizes | Wates

The Devizes project will see Wates and its supply chain partners work collaboratively to create a new hospice for children with life limiting illnesses, doing so whilst providing the best value possible, helping the charity to save money.

Set to complete in spring 2017, the project will include the conversion of two former council buildings, which will feature sensory and therapy rooms, a large activity area and three bedrooms with en-suites.

The refurbishment activity has also seen the contractor support fellow employee, Rebecca Thursby, whose three-year-old daughter receives care from the nursing team.

Commenting on the refurbishment work, Rebecca said:

“The project at Julia’s House is of great personal significance to me and my family. The nursing team has provided exceptional levels of care to my daughter over the years and is highly supportive of other families in the region.

Wates’ involvement on this significant project means the world to me. It is also truly humbling to see the participation of our supply chain, suppliers and construction partners, all of whom are fully committed to the success of the scheme.”

Throughout the life of the project, builders will carry out the extension of a conservatory and install high-tech features, such as a cinema, interactive projection systems and movement activation sound boxes.

Peter Whitmore, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Southern Home Counties and South West, added:

“The project team and supply chain have spent a great deal of time gaining an in-depth understanding of the build, which will see us achieve the inspired vision for Julia’s House. It is a privilege to be supporting a valued member of the team in the process and we look forward to unveiling the new hospice this spring.”

Rebecca and her colleagues recently took part in a 100km bike ride from Julia’s House hospice in Dorset to the new hospice in Devizes, raising over £10,000 for the charity.

Peter Whitmore, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Southern Home Counties and South West, said:

“Wates has always placed great emphasis on making a positive impact on the communities in which we work. The scale of the project for Julia’s House is a huge demonstration of the breadth of this commitment, which we are able to fulfil thanks to the charitable involvement of our dedicated supply chain.”

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