Dorothy House opens new car park extension

By Nick Batten on 18 March, 2019

South West-based charity, Dorothy House Hospice Care in Winsley, recently celebrated the opening of its new car park extension. In mid-January, the car park construction project team met on site to see the car park officially opened to patients, visitors, staff and volunteers.

The new 71 space car park extension brings the total number of parking spaces up to 174 at Dorothy House, enabling patients, families, visitors, staff and volunteers to park more easily.

The car park construction team included Alison Bruce and Haylie Carr from Dorothy House’s Estates and Facilities Team, quantity surveyor Jake Moss of Ridge who managed the project along with contractor MJ Church. Also on the team were, Technical and Transport consultants WYG, planning consultant Stuart Rackham and designers James McGillivray and Simeon Spencer of NVB Architects and Ryan Carroll of Design for Lighting.

Dorothy House provides palliative and end of life care and support for people with a life-limiting illness, their families or carers both in the community and at the main hospice.

The charity’s services have grown significantly in recent years resulting in the Winsley site outgrowing its previous car parking capacity. With its semi-rural location, key issues facing the project team included maintaining a ‘green’ car park to meet Wiltshire Council planning conditions within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The charity says that its car park build achieved high levels of sustainability and remained sensitive to the needs of local residents and the local habitat throughout.

The car park extension has been constructed on a field which was two metres below the existing car parks and access. Ground conditions also meant that MJ Church needed to remove significant amounts of rock from the site to allow for construction. To ensure the high sustainability levels, the rock was taken off site and sent to MJ Church’s processing facilities in Marshfield to crush the rock into a recycled aggregate.

Haylie Carr, director of HR, Education & Services at Dorothy House, said, “Our sincere thanks to MJ Church and the other contractors for their commitment to achieving our vision for the new car park extension. We’d also like to thank Jake Moss from Ridge, Stephen Daniels and the MJ Church team for their excellent communication and planning skills.”

Pictured above: Hand over of the car park – (left to right) Kunle Oluwasola – MJ Church quantity surveyor, Jake Moss – Ridge & Partners cost manager, Stuart Rackham planning consultant, Alison Bruce – head of estates and facilities, Dorothy House, Stephen Daniels – MJ Church project manager, John Davies (and his springer spaniel) – Dorothy House chief executive