Hospice Peterborough Care Centre Update – June 6, 2017

Peterborough – Hospice Peterborough has reached a crossroads with its Care Centre project at 325 London Street and must decide the best way forward that will serve our community for decades to come. Under advisement of an expert Hospice team the organization is being directed to explore two options with regards to the existing Victorian home on the property.

  1. Retain the old house, remediate all known concerns, and renovate as planned, not knowing what other issues might arise;
  2. Demolish the old house and rebuild on the existing footprint, under a new contract wherein the contractor assumes the risk for designing and building a new building, up to an agreed-upon maximum price.

Hospice Peterborough’s primary focus from day one of the Care Centre project has remained steadfast – to build a safe, homelike environment where we can offer the best possible support to individuals and families living with or affected by life-threatening illness and grief.

Throughout the project Hospice Peterborough has worked closely with architects, engineers, city staff, project managers and contractors to ensure due diligence at every step. However, since construction began last November the organization has been plagued with more challenges than anticipated. For instance:

  • Poor soil conditions requiring a significant amount of extra fill, higher-than-planned concrete walls and deeper-than-expected concrete piers (caissons);
  • Protected bat colonies inside the old house that could not be removed until their hibernation was over;
  • Designated substances in the old house including lead paint, asbestos and…bat guano.

The organization had planned for some contingencies but matters continued to arise and in early May some additional significant problems were revealed:

  • Severe foundation concerns after the foundation was exposed from the exterior;
  • Interior framing and structural issues when wall coverings and basement ceilings were removed;
  • A recommendation from the building inspector and structural engineer not to enter the building for fear of collapse.

With the advent of these new issues and lingering concerns about as-yet-undiscovered building envelope issues (for example the structural condition of the roof) Hospice Peterborough`s Building Committee and Care Centre Development Committee met to review the two options, analyzing all pros and cons. A cost analysis was also undertaken and interestingly both options have a similar cost.

As stewards of community funding and donations Hospice Peterborough is committed to using each dollar received with transparency and integrity to build the community`s Care Centre and to deliver and expand its programs to meet the needs of its clients, their families and the city and county of Peterborough.

Hospice Peterborough is committed to completing this project as quickly as possible because delays in the project negatively impact Hospice clients and their families.

Hospice Peterborough will share updates on the project as soon as possible.

For further information, contact:

Linda Sunderland, Executive Director, Hospice Peterborough
P: (705) 742-4042



Our goal is to build a state-of-the-art, 10 bed care facility and programming centre that offers a homelike, safe refuge throughout the journey of illness, death and grief. This will complete Hospice’s transition to become a central hub for the delivery of hospice palliative care.