RRA was approached by local charity The Little Princess Trust in 2019 to look at converting a disused building into a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence to house the charity headquarters including offices, a wig fitting salon, a wig making workshop and conference suite.
Client:Little Princess Trust
Status:Due for Completion 2021
Established in Hereford in 2006, The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions, as well as funding vital research to find better treatments for childhood cancers.
Read more about the Little Princess Trust here.
The brief was to maximise the potential of the existing site in a cost effective way, but also to incorporate several different spaces so that all the Trusts administrative and operational activities could be under one roof. This would include:
- Office space for the administration work.
- Salon for fitting the bespoke wigs to the children and young people.
- Conference and training suite to host ground-breaking paediatric cancer treatment and research conferences with international experts, funding bodies and laboratories.
Following a successful feasibility study, a number of concept designs were developed for the Trust before they selected their preferred scheme to be developed and submitted for planning approval. Pending approval being granted works are expected to start onsite this year and to be completed in 2021.
The Little Princess Trust has named the centre the Hannah Tarplee Building, after Hannah Tarplee who at just five-years-old was diagnosed with a Wilms Tumour and her parents struggled to find a wig suitable for her during treatment. Hannah’s parents founded the charity in Hannah’s memory.
RRA is extremely proud to be part of this amazing project which will benefit all the many thousands of people who are involved with the charity and will also put Herefordshire on the map as a very significant player in the field of paediatric cancer research.
April 2021 Update
Work is well underway with ground works completed, the steel frame in position and the crane onsite finishing the roof to enclose the envelope of the building making it weather tight.
The next stage will be internal fit-out.
June 2021 Update
The exterior of the building has now been clad and the windows installed, with the scaffolding due to be removed in the next couple of weeks. Internally partition walls have now had their first coat of paint, with the focus changing to some of the finer details of the fit out.