When Osborne asked Baily Garner to get involved in a very special project Osborne were planning, to mark and help celebrate their 50th anniversary, we were only too happy to help.

The ambitious plan was a DIYSOS style two storey extension to the Demelza Hospice in Eltham, local to both Osborne and Baily Garner, to be completed in a fortnight during November 2017. Osborne own staff and volunteers were joined by other suppliers, businesses and partners to give freely both their time and resources to plan, construct and hand-over this new wing to provide very much needed additional ‘#Spacetogrow’ for the hospice.

Baily Garner’s own Jack-Thompson-Smith, a locally based building surveyor with plenty of previous healthcare work on his CV, provided initial design, statutory consents, legal consents and contractual advice to both Osborne and Demelza and was a vital cog in the project delivery process. Whilst on the job, Jack also noted defects to the existing building roof (not part of extension), and assisted in arranging for remedial work to be undertaken before the roof guarantee period expired, providing an example of the added value service we at Baily Garner always try to provide.

In spite of many unique challenges (short design period, inability to undertake pre-contract investigations, short construction period, necessity to finish by specified completion date as we could not disrupt Hospice work, and complex stakeholder management) the result   was a stunning success; a valuable and permanent legacy to the local community and something which everyone involved can be very proud.

(The wing was formally opened by Lady Penny Lancaster – Stewart who is pictured with Jack (left) and Baily Garner Managing Partner Andy Tookey)