Almost 20 years after building the original hospice buildings, Wynne Construction has delivered a £2.5 million extension at St Kentigern Hospice. We have also finalised work on the £3.7m Conwy Culture Centre on the site of the old Bodlondeb School.
St Kentigern Hospice appointed Wynne Construction in September 2018 to build the extension that will significantly extend its day therapy, inpatient facilities, and enhance its community provision. The development will increase the bed provision from eight to 12, meaning it can cater for a 50 per cent increase in the number of people it supports.
The 930 sq m extension will also include a cafÉ, offering a relaxing area for patients and visitors, as well as being open to the public, including for community groups to meet. New facilities include accommodation for physios and an educational area. The hospice, the only one in St Asaph, looks after patients from Colwyn Bay to Flint, and as far south as Corwen.
Graham Dickson, Wynne Construction contracts manager, was part of the team that constructed the original buildings at St Kentigern almost two decades ago. This has been a 12-month project completed on time and went really well. Back when the first buildings were constructed, before I became a contracts manager I was actually a site agent and met up with the hospice manager on this job who was in place back then as well.”
The now completed Conwy Culture Centre will include a new library, cafe, arts and heritage hub, plus a new home for the county’s archive. Wynne Construction began work on the scheme in May 2018 with grant funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund; capital funding and sale of buildings from Conwy County Borough Council; funding from the Rural Community Development Fund, and Gwynt y MÔr funding in partnership with the Conwy Arts Trust.
An innovative design means the county archive will be housed within the basement, harnessing the near-constant, cooler temperature of the surrounding earth. This will minimise energy costs, while optimising the preservation of the county’s 80,000 documents and 1,000 museum artefacts.
Graham added that he was pleased to get both projects over the line and handed to the clients. He said: “We’ve handed both projects over now and Conwy was a slightly longer build which will be fully operational next month. We’re very pleased to have completed the two projects and there’s a real sense of pride of what we’ve done.”
Chris Wynne, managing director of Wynne Construction, said: “It’s great to be working with St Kentigern Hospice once again, especially as it was almost 20 years since we first built the original hospice buildings back in 2000. It was also really rewarding for us as a firm to be part of the project to deliver a new high-profile landmark for Conwy on a prominent site in the community.”