Following a mini competition on the CHIC framework, HLP were appointed by BCHG to design a new 72 bed residential dementia care home on the site of their existing dementia care facility.

The client’s brief held a number of challenges.  Firstly, the new building would need to be erected next to the existing occupied facility, which would continue to be used until the residents could be moved into the new building.  Secondly, a very tight design and construction programme was defined by a completion date set by funding deadlines.  Thirdly, there is a listed building with a partial aspect onto the site whose setting needed to be respected. And lastly, a challenging design brief which called for paired cluster households of bedrooms to be arranged around semi-private kitchen/dining/living spaces.

HLP attended several consultations during the design process.  The first with the residents, families and carers of the existing facility and another with the wider public living close to the site.  The feedback from these events emphasised the importance of retaining and enhancing the existing parkland character landscape of the site, which has a number of mature trees including a backdrop belt of woodland.  We proposed a comprehensive landscape design with courtyard and semi-private gardens as well as space for vegetable growing and a defined route for woodland walks.  The gardens are secured so that residents would be able to safely use the outdoor spaces.

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