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In Patient Unit shortlisted for prestigious award

We are delighted to announce that our new In Patient Unit has been shortlisted for this year’s Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

Niven’s, the architects behind the IPU design, have submitted both this and the new Feethams Leisure Development – both of which are on the shortlist!

Our ‘state of the art’ 10 room in-patient Palliative Care Unit is situated adjacent to the existing Hospice building located in the Grade II listed, The Woodlands, in the West End Conservation Area of Darlington. The brief we gave Niven’s was to achieve a balance between a light and welcoming building which offered patients and their families the ability to relax and socialise – at this intensely emotional time – in a ‘home from home’ environment, without compromising on clinical standards.

The design of the unit departs from the traditional clinical appearance offering, instead, bespoke design and finishes to the rooms – all of which look out onto the stunning hospice gardens providing patients and their families with a private patio area for each room. The new unit has enabled us to increase both occupancy levels (by 40%) as well as the range of treatments we can offer. The new unit has been nominated in the Community Benefit category.

Last year Niven Architects achieved success at the RICS awards with the wonderful Daffodil House – providing independent living accommodation for people with learning disabilities – which was ‘Highly Commended’ after being shortlisted in the Community Benefit category.

They’re hoping they can improve upon this further: achieving success with two buildings would be a wonderful achievement, by any standards, and we wish them the best of luck.

Please visit for more information and to see some of the other projects Niven have undertaken.