Accueil Notre-Dame Separation of 6-bed rooms into two 3-bed rooms
When the Accueil Notre-Dame was built (inauguration in 1997) the choice was made to offer a selection of different sizes of bedroom : with 1, 2, 3 and 6 beds. In recent years, pilgrimages have been reticent about using the 6-bed rooms, as pilgrims prefer to stay in smaller rooms. A
programme to split the 6-bed rooms into two began in 2005. Out of the 52 rooms with 6 beds, 20 have already been separated into rooms containing 3 beds. Currently there remain 32 rooms with 6-beds in the Accueil Notre-Dame, on all foors, both in the Carmel and Hospitalet wings.
Work can only be carried out between two seasons, when the Accueil is empty.
The cost of splitting a room in two (€ 19,000) is relatively high due to the norms and standards linked to the status of the building which accommodates people who are sick or have a disability.
The objective is to complete the separation of all 32 remaining 6-bed rooms by 2026.
Work is scheduled to begin end 2022.
For all studies and work to be carried out, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes commits to seeking a minimum of 3 competitive quotes where possible (and at least 2) and to rigorously monitor the budgets. Proof of all expenses will be provided to donors.
The Sanctuary applies 10-15% management and administrative fees to all projects to cover related costs.