Responding to the trend in assisted living
As part of an on-going stock options appraisal for Pennine Housing 2000, we were appointed to modernise this existing living unit for elderly people, operated by Extra Care. Local demand had swayed towards 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, rendering the existing accommodation undesirable.
We strived to define the most cost efficient, deliverable methods of meeting regulations.
The existing 3-storey, 25-unit sheltered accommodation block was extensively refurbished internally to provide 18 one and two-bedroom, fully disabled-compliant apartments.
Collaborating with the local authority building control officer, we strived to define the most cost efficient, deliverable methods of meeting regulations while retaining as much of the existing structure as possible. Key goals were to improve u-values and meet the latest sound, fire and thermal stipulations.
Particular care was taken in the specification, to raise interior design standards and create a high-quality environment. And, to assists residents, the wayfinding system includes simple colour coding around the lift and circulation lobby at each level.