Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Hospice in Solihull was housed within a 100 year-old building which had limited space to meet modern nursing needs. In response to this, and to increase the range of services they can offer on- and off-site to terminally ill patients, Marie Curie looked to build a new Hospice facility in Solihull, to serve Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. The most suitable site was identified on the edge of Solihull in the Green Belt.
The planning application successfully demonstrated the very special circumstances required by PPG2 and received widespread political and local support, including a petition of over 11,200 signatures. This hospice includes:
- 24 en-suite bedrooms
- Education and training rooms
- Office administration and support staff facilities
The new hospice will provide 24 en-suite bedrooms with associated day facilities, education and training rooms, office administration and support staff facilities.
Each resident’s room has its own access to the private courtyard to the rear of the building, while communal spaces offer high ceilings and a strong sense of space and calm. Relaxation, art therapy, exercise and symptom management therapy are just some of the support services provided for terminally ill patients, to provide them with the skills required to manage independently and control their symptoms where possible.