Alex Caruso was the Lead Consultant for the New Rehabilitation Centre Build (1,100m2) development, supporting the design team with architectural and interior design services and was instrumental for developing the Blue Print Design Guide for a number of Care UK Facilities.
The accommodation is built around a central hub including flats and communal spaces, a café/bistro, offices and meeting rooms.
The facility comprises of a main communal space that is also the main entrance and an important design feature requested by users so they could see a progression in their treatment.
Further inside the facility there is an intermediate rehabilitation unit that is a step-down from low-secure hospital treatment, offering 8 beds with en-suite facilities and adjoining lounge and day spaces. A second area contains 16 self-contained apartments designed to form a courtyard. This layout creates an ideal safe perimeter, but also takes advantage of landscape and nature for external activities, which will become an important focus for service users.
The development achieved BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.