Project: The design and delivery of a 20-bed care home for D.A.Y.
Client: Disability Action Yorkshire
Size: 13 091.50 sqft
“The build of 34 Claro Road was a very new experience for me. I found the help and support of everyone involved at S+SA Architects Limited to be invaluable. The service I received was over and above that which I expected.
The resultant build is a great success, it not only looks better than I thought possible, it is also a good workable home for those who live and work in it. Visitors never fail to comment positively on the design”.
The scheme involves the design of a Care Home for adults with physical disabilities aged 18 - 65 for a Harrogate based charitable organisation on a site formerly occupied by allotments, and comprises 20 individual bedded units and 2 training apartments. This accommodation is split into two distinct 10 bed houses, with a communal link providing safe access and egress between units.
The development also incorporates various associated ancillary accommodation, including duplicated lounge, dining and assisted bathing facilities, staff changing and lounge/dining, managers office, laundry and sluice, together with a communal lift and visitors disabled wc.
Initial design objectives focussed on attempting to meet the client’s aspirations to provide modern care home facilities in line with the latest guidance, in a contemporary design solution fit for the Twenty-first Century. Consequently, the design approach adopted was that usually applied to the provision of high quality private sector housing developments, rather than viewing the building as an institutional style facility separate from its surrounding land uses.
The buildings plan form and the contemporary domestic style of the elevational treatment is therefore intended to counter the institutional perception of similar past developments, through the provision of modern and homely accommodation.
Since opening, the scheme has proved hugely successful, maintaining full occupancy levels. S+SA Ltd are currently working with Disability Action Yorkshire on an exciting second phase to this development.