New Glasgow hospice pays tribute to talented interior designer

Glasgow's new £21 million Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice will include a moving tribute to the woman who played a key role in designing the building.

Clare Macallister, an interior designer with Glasgow firm Burns Design, was design director of the new hospice and created the innovative plans for the state-of-the-art facility which will open its doors to patients for the first time in November.

Having been diagnosed with cancer in 2013, Clare died aged 48 in 2016 just a few months after work started to build the new Hospice on a 7.5-acre green site in the city’s Bellahouston Park.

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Now the Hospice’s chief executive Rhona Baillie has confirmed that a special family room in the new building will be named after Clare to honour her memory and her contribution to the project.

Her husband, Andy Macallister, said: “Clare had been involved in design work on the existing hospice in Carlton Place prior to her illness so she knew the whole team there well.

“The project to build the new facility was one that was really close to Clare’s heart.

“She loved the fact that Rhona and her team were so determined to create a building that was different from the usual hospice design. Being able to design something that was more like home for patients rather than a clinical facility really allowed her to show her talent.

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“We’re really thrilled that the new building will include a room named in Clare’s honour.”

Andy and his children – daughter Sophie (18), Joe (14) and Adam (11) – have also made a major contribution to the Brick by Brick appeal, alongside brothers, sisters and family members on both sides who worked hard to raise money to build the new Hospice.

“We all took part in a 5k run last year at Bellahouston Park to raise funds and my brother and niece are doing the Glasgow to Edinburgh Pedal for Scotland 45-mile bike ride. We’re hoping that will help take us over the £10,000 mark.”

Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “Clare was such a talented designer and a key member of the team working on our stunning new building.

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“During her illness, she remained so committed to the project. Her talent and design skill is almost literally woven into the fabric of the building and it’s really fitting that we’ll be able to pay a small tribute to her memory by naming a room in her honour.”

The Brick by Brick appeal was launched in 2012 and it was announced in May 2018 that the £21 million target had been reached thanks to support from individuals, groups and corporate supporters.

The new facility will lead the way in palliative care, offering an unrivalled standard of support to 1200 new patients and families every year in a purpose-built building.

The building is the first in this country to be built to the Scandinavian Sengetun model of care, with adaptable private, social and family spaces specifically designed to boost wellbeing and create a sense of calm.

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