We had a great time when we attended the official opening of the ‘Darrel Room’ at Trinity Hospital, Retford in May. Having not had particularly good weather this year, it was a surprisingly good, sunny and bright afternoon!
We have designed a communal room for the elderly residents of Trinity Hospital, with an outdoor formal seating area and water feature and an informal area with curved glass framing the views into the garden. The idea was to provide a large area where the Brethren could meet and socialise and we were delighted with the response from everyone.
Following opening words by Canon John Patrick and the official opening by Sir Rick Trainor, there was a real buzz of excitement from both the residents, staff and guests as we looked at the works undertaken. Everyone mingled in and around the building and the seating areas, which defined the versatility of the whole area.
With the success of the project, we have to thank the whole team – from the planning department, with their planners, surveyors and listed building consultees, who supported us in the early planning stages – to the builders, structural engineers, quantity surveyors and landscape gardeners who carried out the work. We could not have achieved it without them. Thanks go to our client, Bob Rabagliati, who inspired us with his brief for what he wanted to provide for Trinity Hospital and who embraced the bold design from the beginning. Thanks must also go to the Brethren and the staff who lived around the site while the changes were taking place. And finally thanks to the many people who work behind all of these people and who made all of this possible.
We are delighted that the project has been entered into, and is a finalist, in three categories for the LABC Awards in June which we will be attending. The LABC Building Excellence Awards are aimed at recognising and celebrating all that’s good in the construction industry – outstanding craftsmanship, technical innovation, sustainability and performance, and developing good working relationships with LABC surveyors in respect of solving problems and creating new solutions.
This project was a real team effort and we wish the whole team good luck on Friday!
Please enjoy the short video of the construction process which was produced by the Chaplain, Canon Dick Lewis.