Project Margaret Chadd House

Our mission is to build an independent local hospice and provide specialist palliative care inpatient and day care services for the people of
Great Yarmouth & Waveney, giving dignity, care, love, peace and support to those at the end of life and their families.

Phase 1 – COMPLETE (Completion by 31/12/2013)

2009 to 2013 - Formation and Establishment of Charity & Purchase of Land

• Incorporation of Charity
• Investigation into different land sites in different areas
• Purchase of Land at Sidegate Road
• Archaeological Dig
• Opening 5 charity shops
• Set up of head office

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Phase 2 – COMPLETE (Completion by 31/12/2014)

Pre-tender process and growth of retail shops

• Reports and surveys from Quantity Surveyor, Structural Engineer etc
• Fine-tuning and preparation of detailed drawings
• Purchase of van to support shops
• New shops – 2 more already up and running by the end of 2014 with the aim of 8 more by the end of 2015
• Purchase of additional land adjacent to site
• Planting of trees and hedges around the boundary of land

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Phase 3 -COMPLETE (Completion by 31/12/2015)

Breaking Ground

• To fulfil the planning application requirements to comply with our planning permission
• Preparation of Groundworks
• Planting of hedgerows and trees
• Contract drawn up and processed for connecting to public drains (Easement)
• Continuation of growth, fundraising, awareness and new shops

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Phase 4 -IN PROGRESS (Completion by )

The building of Margaret Chadd House

• Change of use for extra 2.54 acres of land to incorporate into the existing 5 acres, making the site for MCH 7.54 Acres.
• Lay foundation stone for inauguration ceremony
• Easement work to be completed
• Send planning documents out for tender
• Establish annual fundraising calendar
• Continue fundraising events
• Continue further ground preparation and gardening

Phase 5 (Completion by )

Equipment & Interiors

• Complete interior fabrication (equipment & furnishings) plans and costings
• Targeted fundraising for specific items (ie. Hoists, beds, etc.)

Phase 6 (Completion by )

2018 Onwards - Landscaping & Kitchen Garden

• Labyrinth by David Kelf
• Further Gardening Work
• More details to be supplied by The Gardening Committee in due course

Phase 7 (Completion by )

Opening & Running of Margaret Chadd House

- 2018 Onwards -


Architects View: Original Definition of a Hospice: A place of shelter for travellers – welcoming, peaceful and caring.

The design of the new Hospice strives to embody these aspirations within a contemporary purpose-built environment. The Hospice will engage with the local community, it will be familiar, domestic, literally a home from home for those who spend time there. Individual rooms will be situated around a communal courtyard with their own gardens facing out into the countryside giving peace and tranquillity.

With enough room to accommodate loved ones for short stays, residents will be able to withdraw or join in as they wish. For those seeking companionship there will be a communal lounge opening onto a South facing courtyard, whilst others may find solace in a sequence of beautiful gardens running out into the landscape. Everyone will benefit from a tranquil environment, far removed from the concerns of daily life and distinct from the anonymity which characterises so many healthcare facilities.

At this stage drawings have been prepared to illustrate the scale and nature of the project and are now being fine-tuned to suit our chosen environment, internally and externally. A general description of the accommodation is briefly as follows:

There will be specialist palliative care in-patient accommodation for ten people. There will also be an out-patient specialist palliative care department comprising a Day Centre with associated treatment and therapy rooms for up to 15 people. Administrative support and full catering facilities will be available within the Hospice.

The in-patient accommodation and immediate nursing support is provided separately. The individual bed sitting rooms have en-suite shower rooms, are large enough to accommodate visitors and each have small private gardens. A glazed ‘cloister’ connects to the communal Dayroom and the adjacent nursing station.

The main building provides a central reception area for all departments. Visitors to the in-patient unit are received here before crossing the glazed bridge to the adjacent building. A quiet room, children’s playroom and overnight family accommodation are provided close by. The doctors consulting room is also located in this area.

The out-patient department provides physiotherapy, OT and complementary therapies and treatment rooms together with a large multipurpose Day Care lounge. Meals are prepared in the adjacent catering kitchen which also provides meals for the in-patient unit, members of staff and volunteers.

Offices are provided for general administration, accounting and fundraising. Nursing and catering staff have a separate entrance at the rear of the building where changing rooms, lockers and showers are provided. Laundry services including washing and linen storage will all be provided on-site.

Car parking for 40 vehicles has been allowed for, with defined areas for staff and visitors. Formal planted areas, landscaped gardens and a woodland walk complete the scheme.

Henry Kelf RIBA.
Henry Kelf Architect is a local practice, based in Gorleston on Sea. In 2008 the practice was fortunate enough to receive two awards from The Campaign to Protect Rural England.