Contemporary Care Home, Fishbourne

Client: Choice Care Group
Location: Fishbourne

Year: 2018
Status: Completed
Project Type: Residential, Health
Project Value: £1m

ACA designed a contemporary care home in Fishbourne for Choice Care Group.

ACA designed a contemporary care home in Fishbourne for Choice Care Group.

The brief was to design high-quality residential care services for people with complex needs such as learning disabilities, autism, and mental health disorders.

The Location

Firstly, the site is located in a significant heritage context, surrounded by 18th and 19th-century residential developments. Consequently, this affected the scale of the building and materials to be used. The ACA team worked hand-in-hand with the local conservation and planning officers to come up with an appropriate design solution. For instance, the new care home had to be a maximum of 2 storeys high and in keeping with the local context. Therefore, the material selection of the external physical environment took inspiration from the local vernacular, interpreting it in a contemporary style. For example; the materials used are brickwork with flint detailing, oak timber effect weatherboards, and natural slate roof tiles.

Secondly, the development is located in a flood-risk area where bats and plenty of trees are present. Therefore ACA designed finish floor levels to accommodate any potential risk of flooding. Furthermore, we coordinated supporting information regarding ecology and accommodated the design accordingly. Moreover, the location of the building was designed to avoid tree root protection areas.

Concerns From Local Residents

Thirdly, at the onset of the development, some of the local community was concerned about the user group. To be proactive, ACA carried out a public engagement session to address any concerns before finalizing the designs. By actively listening to the local residents, we were able to offer reassurance by providing more information on the user group. Furthermore, a 3D video of what the building would look like in its context helped the residents visualize the new care home.

Balance Between Function and Feel of Design

Fourthly, a significant challenge ACA addressed with the design was the incorporation of healthcare facilities within a homelike setting. That is to say, a design to benefit the well-being and ongoing recovery of people where they would feel at home. The layout of the contemporary care home supports individuals in a variety of ways. Spaces designed offer communal areas and self-contained apartments. Carefully designed gardens encourage sensory experiences and communal interactions for the residents, staff, and visitors. Also, the selection of materials inside the contemporary care home significantly helps individuals with an association with their homes.

Finally, with the aim of achieving a holistic therapeutic environment within a contemporary home, ACA delivered a design that offers independence, comfort, and assistance with way-finding.

“Alex and the ACA team provided a very attentive service and I was very pleased with the speed of response to queries, despite some of the challenges involved”.

Phil Just – Development Manager, Choice Care Group

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