A watertight solution to a space problem
This two-storey 24-bedroom extension provides much-needed additional accommodation for an existing dementia care home.
As well as the en-suite residents’ accommodation, the new wing includes a lounge, library, sensory room and assisted bathrooms. And, to meet the increased capacity requirements, the services infrastructure also had to be upgraded. Landscaping works were undertaken to provide residents with a spacious and inspiring outdoor environment.
Ensuring that our designs met the Local Authority and Care Quality Commission approvals was complicated by some fundamental site constraints, including difficult ground contour levels and several tree preservation orders.
There were various technical challenges to overcome, including waterproofing.
Finding the required day space was also a challenge. We identified a void under the existing building. This particularly economic solution created a light and spacious day with a level approach to the adjacent private garden area. Safe resident access to the external environment was an added benefit of this proposal. But to make the concept work, there were various technical challenges to overcome, including waterproofing and the implications for the existing foundations.
The final scheme has resulted in a considerably larger facility, without compromising the homely nature of the original premises.