The Louise Hamilton Centre
At the age of just 26, Louise was diagnosed with breast cancer. She sadly passed away aged 28. While Louise was living with her cancer, she had found the help offered to her by the Bristol Cancer Help Centre to be enormously beneficial.
Her mother, Roberta Lovick, was inspired by Louise’s experience of a supportive care and information centre in Bristol to start fundraising for a similar centre for people in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
The Louise Hamilton Centre
The Louise Hamilton Centre is located in the grounds of the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk, and was conceived by Palliative Care East (PCE), a local charity set up to serve the local population around Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area, by providing care and information services for anyone, whether patients or their families, whose lives are affected by life-limiting illness such as cancer or motor neurone disease.
The original design is based around the idea of providing a high quality inspiring space that will bring hope to patients and visitors.
The dramatic compound-curved yellow wall winds its way in and out of the building connecting the outside with the inside, and it’s shape draws inspiration from boat hulls – a reference to the building’s coastal location, and the notion of an ark as a place of refuge.
Treatment and counselling spaces wrap around the lounge area which provides a central hub onto which all other spaces connect – private spaces discreetly to the perimeter, and social and communication spaces towards the middle
The centre is open from 0930 to 1930 on weekdays and 1130 to 1630 at weekends. You can call the centre on 01493 453100.
Technical Excellence Award
The Louise Hamilton Centre was announced as the outright winner of the Open Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology 2013 by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT).
The CIAT judges were unanimous in their decision that this was an outstanding project that clearly demonstrates excellence within Architectural Technology.
Best internal environment Award
The Centre was ‘Highly Commended’ in the patient experience class for best internal environment at the Building Better Healthcare Awards 2013.
The judges said: “The importance of the environment to the healing process has been recognised within the design and connections have been made between the exterior and interior of the building through the continuation of the dramatic brightly-coloured curved walls. The lounge area provides a welcoming central hub and there are a range of accessible smaller areas for people to have quiet conversations.
Outstanding Craftmanship Award
The Centre won a Norfolk Association of Architects’ award for outstanding craftsmanship. This recognises the exceptional quality of the building work delivered by the team on site.