Locals give new hospice plans the thumbs up

The revised plans were unveiled at an Open Day event held at the E-Centre at the Byng Road site.

Local residents and children from nearby schools were among the visitors who came to see the revised designs, chat to Ru Watkins, Chief Executive, as well as other Noah's Ark people and the architectural team behind the new look.

The designs have been revised after extensive consultation with families of Noah’s Ark children.

Ru Watkins said: “Our new designs have been shaped by the families that use our service, by the sector and by local community groups. We’re now at a point where we can take Noah’s Ark to the next step in fulfilling the circle of care that we want to offer our children and their families.”

Iain Malcolm, long term resident of Byng Road, said: “I can fully understand the redesign. It’s practical and works very well in terms of making it a more outward looking building. The hospice is a great use of this space. I couldn’t think of anything better to do with it.”

Another local resident Rosemary Heams (above, with Ru) said: “I came down to see the original plans when they were first unveiled. The new designs give a greater feeling of space. They open it up and the architecture fits into the area very well.”

Fleur Smith, who works as a meal-time supervisor at the local Foulds Primary School, said: “The designs are very light and very airy. It seems like a great area to have the hospice.”

Linda Perry and Geoff Lee are Trustees of Barnet Environment, the charity which organises events for the local community and schools at the Byng Road site and will continue to work alongside Noah’s Ark, using the E-Centre and gardens.

Linda said of the new designs; “it is an interesting and versatile space that will draw people in. It’s compatible with what we do on the site.”

Geoff added: “We are very pleased to see Noah’s Ark take over the site.”

Ru said: “I would like to thank the local Barnet community for coming down and sharing their thoughts on the new designs and for their on-going support for this project.”  

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