An artist’s impression of new Nelson Tasman Hospice building. Photo: Canopy Landscape Architects + Irving Smith Architects.

Plans for new multi-million dollar hospice building released


Nelson Tasman Hospice needs the community’s help in creating a new purpose-built home in Stoke.

The organisation, which is dedicated to caring for those in the region with life-limiting illnesses, has just released plans for a new $11.5 million building.

Work on the biggest project in its 30-year history will start on the Suffolk Rd site next month with the building scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

The hospice will be putting $7.5 million towards the project. This includes a mixture of reserves, investments, assets, bequests and donations. Grants and payment-in-kind support is estimated to make up another $1.5 million.

As the hospice receives no government funding towards capital projects, it will be looking for the remaining $2.5 million from the community.

Gibbons Construction, Irving Smith Architects and Canopy Landscape Architects have been working on the project.

Hospice chief executive Frans Dellebeke said he and the team were excited about the new building.

“We know that our population is growing and getting older and demand for our free services has increased 28 per cent over the past four years.”

“There is an absolute need for the care we provide and with this new building we will be able to give more of the same excellent, specialist palliative care, plus have onsite clinics.”

The hospice, which cares for over 155 patients at any one time, is moving because of the planned expansion of Manuka Street Hospital.

The proposed design for the new hospice includes 10-bed units, providing a better configuration of patient rooms; consulting rooms, and space for families to meet and spend time together, plus outdoor areas.

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