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Ellesmere House

2004–2007
Chelsea

Client Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Site area 0.45

Number of homes 60

Homes per hectare 133

Local authority Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Ellesmere House is a new 60-bed elderly people’s home and day centre arranged around courtyard gardens off the Fulham Road in Chelsea, and financed by private flats on the street frontage.

A glazed foyer linking the street with the lower-ground courtyard garden and the mature trees beyond orientates visitors as they arrive. From here an internal street which gives access to the day centre facilities looks down over the courtyard garden through curved, coloured glazing.

The lower-ground floor rooms have French windows onto the secure garden, which has been designed as a space where those with dementia can wander safely. The ground floor opens onto a contemplation garden centred on mature trees, while rooms on the upper floors have views of both gardens and the neighbouring Chelsea rooftops.

“It’s great to see that Ellesmere has been nationally recognised for the quality of its design and architecture. We aim to offer the elderly in this borough the best and this new building will help them to access better services and improve their quality of life. The design we chose makes the best use of the site allowing residents to live in comfort in a user-friendly and stylish environment.”

Cllr Fiona Buxton, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, Adult Social Care, Public Health and Environmental Health

Awards

  • Building Better Healthcare Award 2007 — Winner

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