History of the Project

When we first opened in 1987 we received 188 referrals, in 2017-18 there were 888. We serve one of the oldest populations in England. In 2016 in Chichester alone, 27% were aged 65+ compared with the national average of 18%. This is set to increase to 36% by 2036.

Our Grosvenor road building and its site were too small to meet the current or future need for our services and the quality of care we provide was under threat, so the Dreambuilding campaign for a new Hospice purpose built to meet the challenges of the future, was launched in 2012.

  • MAY 2012
    Board of Trustees Meeting – reviewed increasing use of services – need for more, better space identified
  • SEPTEMBER 2012
    Full review of space undertaken looking at options on-site and off-site
  • MAY 2013
    Board of Trustees Meeting – undertook full review of re-developing existing site
  • NOVEMBER 2013
    Board of Trustees reviewed the four options available – do nothing, develop existing site, develop a split site or a create a completely new building on a new site
  • NOVEMBER 2013
    Board of Trustees decided that building a new Hospice on a new site would best meet our needs now and in the future
  • DECEMBER 2013
    Five possible sites identified – four of which proved unsuitable for our requirements
  • JANUARY 2014
    Board of Trustees and Management Team agreed a suitable site on Walton Lane, Bosham
  • FEBRUARY 2014
    Secured a legally binding option on the Walton Lane site in Bosham
  • JUNE 2014
    Board of Trustees commissioned an independent fundraising feasibility study to assess the viability of raising funds for a new Hospice
  • NOVEMBER 2014
    Pre-planning application made
  • APRIL 2015
    Consultation with Hospice staff and volunteers began
  • APRIL/MAY 2015
    Public consultation sessions held in Donnington and Bosham
  • MAY 2015
    Full planning applications submitted for the new Hospice in Bosham and a residential development on the current site in Donnington
  • JULY 2015
    Private launch of the campaign name - The DREAMBUILDING Project
  • NOVEMBER 2015
    Planning permission granted - private phase of the fundraising campaign begins
    Clear the site (timed to avoid disturbing wildlife)
  • OCTOBER 2016
    Appointed building contractor Kier Construction, Southern
  • NOVEMBER 2016-JUNE 2017
    Pre-construction enabling works, sewer infrastructure improvements and reptile removal
  • JANUARY 2017
    St Wilfrid’s Hospice 30th Anniversary – launch public phase of the fundraising campaign
  • SUMMER 2017
    Mobilisation on site - work on the substructure and pile driving completed (slightly later than previous timetable, but no change to target of £15.5million)
  • JANUARY 2018
    Construction starts on site.
  • SUMMER 2018
    Topping out - The final piece of the structure is put in place.
  • MARCH 2019
    Fit-out - Install equipment and furnishings.
  • JULY 2019
    Complete our new Hospice and open the doors to our first patient.