Designs to redevelop one of the UK’s largest hospices unveiled

By PRP – 16 April 2020

PRP’s Manchester Studio has unveiled new designs to redevelop one of the oldest and largest hospices outside of London, St Ann’s Hospice in Stockport.

PRP’s design proposal will replace the outdated building with a purpose-built, state-of-the-art hospice that will comprise a 27-bedroom inpatient unit, day therapy and outpatient services, dedicated bereavement and family support services, office accommodation, training facilities, coffee shop, landscaped gardens and improved car parking.

The design of the new building works with the existing landscape to minimise any impact on the ecology of the site and the conservation area setting. Internally, the patient areas are designed to foster a domestic and homely feel, with all bedrooms benefitting from direct access to outdoor space and the landscaped gardens.

St Ann’s Hospice first opened in 1971 but the building that houses the existing hospice was originally built in the late 19th century as a 40-bedroom hospital for children with epilepsy, and later used for mental health care before being adapted to its present use.

Graham Locke, Director at PRP, said: “The purpose of St Ann’s Hospice is to provide the utmost care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses. This is a charity that requires modern facilities to support the incredibly meaningful work it provides locally and beyond, but unfortunately the existing building is rapidly becoming expensive to maintain and will become unfit for future care.

“We now have a significant opportunity to develop a new hospice that meets the level and standard of world-class care St Ann’s Hospice is best known for, and by working closely with the team there, we have designed a new facility that we’re confident will meet the needs of patients for years to come.

“However, to make the new hospice viable, we will need to bring forward development on the existing site to cross-fund the land purchase and build. The existing site is ideal for residential development, utilising a brownfield site to bring much needed homes to

Eamonn O’Neal, Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice, said: “We’re proud to be one of the oldest hospices in the UK, and as we approach our 50th anniversary in 2021, it’s vital that we continue to look ahead and ensure we can continue providing specialist care to patients for another half a century and beyond.

“We have been working hard for several years, considering many different options to ensure we can continue to deliver world-class care to future generations, and are delighted with the plans PRP and other members of our project team have produced in collaboration and consultation with local people and businesses.

“Communities across Greater Manchester and beyond have always been so overwhelmingly supportive of the hospice, and we’re pleased that this new hospice would still remain in our Heald Green home in St Ann’s Road North. We’re proud to lead the way in many areas of end of life and palliative care delivery, and it’s exciting that we can hopefully bring this fabulous, world-class facility to the region for the benefit of families both now and well into the future.”

The plans were submitted by Avison Young on behalf of St Ann’s Hospice. Outline permission for up to 40 residential dwellings on the existing hospice site is also being sought.

“St Ann’s operates from three hospices sites across Greater Manchester and via a range of community services and is highly regarded, however a new facility at Heald Green would ensure world-class care could still be provided in this area for many years to come,” said Louisa Fielden, senior planner at Avison Young.

“Although additional fundraising will still be required, by offering the existing hospice site for residential development, St Ann’s will be able to support the funding of the new facility whilst also creating an opportunity for quality new housing in a popular area.”


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St Ann’s Hospice is PRP Manchester’s nominated charity and the studio has planned a series of fundraising events for 2020 including a climb at Kilimanjaro and the Manchester marathon. To donate, please visit PRP’s JustGiving page.

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With over 55 years’ experience to draw on, PRP has established an exemplary track record in the design and delivery of homes and places of varying scale, complexity and diversity. PRP employs more than 250 staff across its London, Manchester and Surrey studios.

About St Ann’s Hospice

St Ann’s Hospice cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses from across Greater Manchester and beyond. It supports people right from the point of diagnosis, through treatment, and afterwards from its three hospice sites and range of community and outreach services.

The hospice is one of the oldest and largest in the UK and is approaching its 50th anniversary in 2021. It employs more than 350 staff and is supported by a loyal team of more than 700 volunteers. The organisation is a charity, and with only around a third of its funding coming from the NHS, has to fundraise around £20,000 a day to continue caring for patients and their loved ones. For more information on St Ann’s services or to make a donation, visit

About Avison Young

Avison Young’s aim is simple; for real estate to play an active role in developing vibrant cities, and to create long-lasting social impacts for the communities who live, work and play within them. We achieve this by thinking innovatively to develop ideas that challenge the norm and that drive new opportunities for our communities and cities, wherever in the property lifecycle we are advising.

Avison Young is a 2020 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for nine consecutive years.