A WORCESTER architects practice has received national recognition for a top quality design project.

KKE Architects Ltd was awarded a commendation at the Civic Trust award ceremony in Manchester for its design of the Compassus Centre at St Giles Hospice, Lichfield.

The firm had been short-listed from an original 333 national and international entries.

The £6.4million new in-patient unit at St Giles Hospice became operational in spring 2010. It provides 27 bed spaces and ancillary facilities for care of the terminally ill which is delivered to the highest standards. High levels of natural light, wide corridors and attractive gardens have been carefully and sensitively designed to create sympathetic spaces, both inside and outside the unit, for patients, visitors and staff to use.

KKE director and project architect Jorge Euiguren said: “We are hugely proud of our achievement. This award celebrates the very best architecture in the UK. The Worcestershire-based team is up there with the very best.”

In fact the team behind the project were all based in Worcestershire.

The main contractor was Speller Metcalfe Ltd of Malvern, the quantity surveyors were Firmingers of Worcester and the structural engineers were Mark Brock Consulting of Redditch.

The landscape design was carried out by Olivia Kirk of KKE.

In November 2010 KKE Architects also won the Local Authority Building Control Awards which recognised the excellence achieved through building standards and technical innovation for the hospice facility the firm designed for Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot, Liverpool.

The company, which has recently moved its design studio to an historic converted warehouse on Diglis Basin in Worcester, is currently working with St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester and Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove.