Pollard Thomas Edwards won planning permission for redevelopment of an existing care home on The Bishop’s Avenue for client Nightingale Hammerson.
Replacing an existing building that has become impractical, this new comprehensive redevelopment will have the potential to provide exemplary care for older people with dementia. The vision of the scheme is to provide a home with a small ‘h’, and to maximise connections with the natural environment, with well-lit internal spaces and connections to the existing mature landscape. After exploring various options on the plans to achieve these ends, the chosen scheme orientates the internal bedroom layout to maximise daylight and views to the outside for the bedrooms.
The new scheme will deliver 116 resident rooms along with social spaces for gatherings, an activity kitchen, café, therapy rooms and quiet areas for the residents.
The location of the building in the neighbourhood of the Garden Suburb has influenced the overall scheme, which uses a contemporary interpretation of traditional forms and materials, and reintegrates the building with the surrounding landscape.