This residential nursing home required additional accommodation to cater for an ever increasing demand for quality care. A new wing was constructed, to extend a previously converted stable building and create a sheltered courtyard garden.
The layout had to be safe and secure for residents, particularly those suffering from Dementia, whilst retaining a homely comfortable environment that did not feel institutional.
Located in a flood risk zone, the ground floor had to be raised and mitigation measures incorporated into the design using resilient materials in the construction. Security and fire detection systems were integrated, including electronic door locks which automatically opened in the event of the fire alarm being activated.
Private outdoor spaces were created for residents and their visitors and all rooms had views of either the surrounding open countryside or the new courtyard garden.
A communal sensory garden was designed to connect the original and new buildings and raised beds and hard landscaping made the space fully wheelchair accessible. Raised beds incorporated seating and the planting was carefully chosen to stimulate the senses particularly in terms of sight, scent and touch.