RNJ leads on Marie Curie's new hospice

Quantity surveyor RNJ Partnership has been appointed contractor to build a £13m Marie Curie Hospice.

Quantity surveyor RNJ Partnership has been appointed contractor to build a £13m Marie Curie Hospice.

The Newcastle firm's project will be at Stobhill hospital, Glasgow, and replaces the charity's 30-year-old existing building, that cares for more than 1,200 patients and their families each year.

Expected to begin on site in March 2007, RNJ will be acting as quantity surveyor and planning supervisor for all work.

The three-tiered design, which responds to the slope of the land, is easily approachable and welcoming with ground floor access through an entrance atrium to day care services, café style dining facilities and services which require access by patients and visitors.

Training and staff offices are at level 1, while the in-patient area consisting mainly of single bedrooms is at the higher ground level 2 enabling patients to have access to landscaped areas.

Alongside RNJ Partnership, the exclusively Tyne and Wear-based design team includes JDDK Architects, BDN as structural engineers and DTA Associates as service engineers. Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed contractor for the work.

Liz McLaughlan, from Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: "The new accommodation, with ensuite facilities, picturesque views and several family rooms will improve life for terminally ill patients."

Andrew Knowles, partner at RNJ Partnership, said: "We're pleased to be working on a project of this nature which further extends our profile of work outside of the region.

"And we look forward to working with Marie Curie and the rest of the team on such an important development that will provide a state of the art facility which will help to improve the lives of the charity's patients and their families."

Established over 30 years ago, North East-based RNJ Partnership has a head office in Kingston Park, Newcastle, and a second office in Wetherby, Yorkshire.

It has 20 members of staff, offering a variety of services from quantity surveying, project management and employers agents, through to building surveying, planning supervisors and asbestos surveyors.

The firm works on projects, including housing association schemes, health, education, residential, leisure, industrial and commercial projects, refurbishment of existing buildings, Listed buildings, English Heritage and National Trust projects.

It has worked extensively throughout the country and recent projects have also involved a commission to build a large new high school in Bermuda.

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