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ACA was commissioned to design an extension to the existing mental health place of safety located at Miranda House in Hull.  

Design Brief

  The brief was to provide additional interview rooms and an expanded waiting area.  Hence, the proposed extension increases the ground floor area by 75sqm.  

Design Approach

  The design of the new extension is sensitive to its context in terms of materials, character, appearance and the scale of the surrounding buildings. Consideration of the existing building's materials and colours creates harmony and a balance between new and existing. Strategic integration of natural light into the interior space creates a visual comfort, which is crucial to patient, staff and visitors' well-being in any mental health facility.                       [post_title] => Mental Health Place of Safety Extension, Miranda House, Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => psychiatric-hospital-facility-extension-miranda-house-hull [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-24 14:09:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-24 14:09:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1578 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2019-06-10 11:10:50 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-10 11:10:50 [post_content] => ACA was commissioned to produce an Office Interior Architecture and Design development for Suite 36 in collaboration with Zenith Developments Group by Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at Hull Royal Infirmary, Hull. The project lies within Trust Estate rationalisation to enhance efficiency and support the hospital’s evolving working culture.  

Design Brief

The design brief was to create a work-space for the clinical staff. A work-space to enhance their interactions and offer social spaces for collaborations. The Office Interior comprises an area of approximately 900sqm. The open plan office design accommodates 120 workstations. This includes video conferencing facilities, meeting rooms as well as all the associated accommodation.  

Open Plan Layout

ACA designed meeting spaces which would not only enhance collaboration during staff working hours, but also spontaneous meetings during break-times. The staff members have several options of work areas to choose from, thus significantly improving their productivity.  

Research Design

During the research design stage for the office layout, ACA made use of design principals studied in WELL Building Standards. This study significantly exceeded the design brief. Simple layout design, efficient circulation, aesthetically appealing interiors, and motivating environments holistically support health and well-being.  

New Technology

In order to support the changing ways of working in an office interior architecture, new technology installed ensures accessibility into the work-space. Installation of lighting sensors in different spaces promotes sustainability. In addition, sensors installed in the windows for operating ability, controlling glare and creating a thermal comfort, ultimately support staff productivity. Moreover, the changing LED artwork complements the open and bright reception desk area. This creates a friendly and welcoming environment as the first impression of the NHS trust.  

Furniture Design

The office open plan breaks down into different areas with a variety of breakout areas. Also, a cluster of ergonomic desk solutions and storage provides the right tools for the members to function in an uninterrupted manner.  

Colour Scheme

Colours and themed artwork take inspiration from biophilic landscapes and aid way-finding and orientation around the office. Moreover, the choice of particular symbolic colours enhances the mood and plays with human psychology. For example; the use of subtle dark pink signifies good health and yellow suggests freshness, bringing positive energy which in turn creates a pleasant environment to work in.  

Adequate lighting

The lighting in the interiors creates harmony between different work surfaces, wall finishes, and floor finishes.  This strategically reduces eyestrain and increases productivity.  

Acoustic Design

A thoughtful selection of material in the office interior architecture benefit from sound-absorbing properties to support the environment with acoustic comfort. Finally, using a collaborative design process, ACA worked with the Trust and Contractor to strategically produce a bespoke built environment.  Suite 36 changes the way people work and live. This ultimately contributes to the improvement in nutrition, fitness, mood, comfort, and performance.   [post_title] => Office Interior Architecture and Design Development [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => office-interior-architecture-design-development [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-30 09:16:49 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-30 09:16:49 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1417 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2019-03-01 12:34:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-01 12:34:38 [post_content] => ACA outlined a high-quality, detailed design proposal for a new build modern Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) located at Tameside, Greater Manchester. In effect, the design was for a 12-bed single gender PICU on behalf of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. A flexible design was essential to allow for changing clinical models and advancing medical technologies. The brief was to create a modern recovery-focused environment around people, to increase efficiency and stability.  

Design Approach

The aim of the design was to address behavioral health conditions with the use of positive distractions appropriated within the physical environment.  

Inclusive PICU Layout Design

ACA carefully considered the building layout as the most significant design feature due to its effect on all aspects of critical care services. Equally important was the division of the spaces to ensure privacy and dignity.  Furthermore, ACA's design focus supports the identity and autonomy of personal space. Moreover, spaces were assigned for staff to engage with residents and easy access to outdoor areas.  

Choice of Materials

Abundant natural light and low noise levels were smartly achieved with the choice of impactful materials. This creates a pleasant environment and atmosphere to support the healing process of the patients. For this, ACA selected white architectural masonry and white render for texture and tactile properties. A biophilic green wall and a subtle composition of coloured block glazing add interest to the front entrance and courtyard elevations.  

Colour Therapy

The selected colours were not only for symbolic purposes but were also inspired by the local context. For example, warm yellows to symbolise the opening of the mind, a pale orange to wake up residents’ inner potential and a vivid green to reduce tension and stress. ACA believes in creating an association of the physical environment to its natural surroundings.  In addition, this creates a truly therapeutic environment which eventually aids improvements in mental health and overall well-being.  

Art Installation

Similarly, local landmarks such as the Aston canal subtly influenced the interior colour scheme and theme for the art installations. Individualized art installations for each bedroom contributes to remembrance and memory to their wider surroundings. Also, this supports a strong sense of self and a sense of belonging.       [post_title] => Modern Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Design [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => modern-picu-design [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:10:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:10:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1423 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2019-01-08 14:03:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-01-08 14:03:42 [post_content] => ACA developed a residential care interior design refurbishment on behalf of Westwood Care Group.  In fact, Fossdale and Langdale Houses will host individuals with complex and multiple needs as well as learning and physical disabilities. Thus, both homes will offer long term residencies, short term respite and day care services for adults aged 18 plus.  

The Brief

Westwood Care wanted to achieve safe, high quality homes with a domestic look.  

The Action

For a start, ACA's design team created soothing bedroom interiors to positively influence the residents' well-being. Consequently, all bedrooms have matching feature wall and door colours to subtly assist with orientation. Moreover, this caters for individuality, as a bedroom theme for each individual can be created or adapted. Furthermore, the choice of plain bedroom curtains and fabrics create a calm and ordered space, avoiding possible triggers of anxiety or discomfort. Above all, the finishes' selection supports the complex needs of the individuals in residential care interior design.  Therefore, the colour selection of different elements considers Light Reflectance Values for visual impairments. Hence, by avoiding strong colour contrasts between floor finishes, there is a gradual transition between different areas and no illusion of a barrier. Different colour schemes identify each house, aiding orientation and way-finding. Wider doors support wheelchair users' accessibility and independent living.  Furthermore, vision panels provide cues for the activity room to be accessed. In addition there is a new lift providing access to all floors. Voile fabric curtains with subtle floral designs hang in the lounges to make the most of natural light and integrate the surrounding countryside. The new kitchen layout enables freedom of mobility for residents to all areas. There is an assisted bathroom on the first floor with a domestic appeal and high-quality fit-outs, ideal for a residential care interior design. The colour scheme for the bathroom doors throughout is identical to make toilet / bathing facilities easily recognisable. To sum up, the refurbishment was achieved within budget despite the challenges faced during construction.         [post_title] => Residential Care Interior Design, Fossdale and Langdale House, Market Weighton [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => residential-care-interior-design-fossdale-and-langdale-house-york [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:11:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:11:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1412 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-12-12 16:24:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-12-12 16:24:20 [post_content] => 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. Firstly, the site is located in a significant heritage context, surrounded by 18th and 19th-century residential developments.  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, 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 on-going recovery for 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 help individuals with an association to their homes. Finally, with the aim of achieving a holistic therapeutic environment within a contemporary home, ACA delivered a design which offers independence, comfort and assistance with way finding.     [post_title] => Contemporary Care Home Fishbourne [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => contemporary-care-home-fishbourne [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:11:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:11:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1156 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2018-10-22 15:38:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-22 15:38:12 [post_content] =>

Way-finding Interior Design

  ACA has designed a dementia-friendly refurbishment of Wilberforce Health Centre with a clear way-finding interior design strategy. First of all, ACA's design team reconfigured the layout of the ground and third floors.  The design philosophy was to maximize the number of treatment rooms and rationalize the number of associated utilities. The additional spaces created for clinical services and all building users maximize the overall efficiency of the Health Centre. Thus, the holistic design, spaces and signage of the Health Centre, offer independence to everybody; medical practitioners, staff, visitors and people living with dementia. For a start, the vibrant colour scheme facilitates orientation and creates a welcoming and comfortable space. This consequently creates a positive vibe. Furthermore, the clear, visual signage including Braille is subtly all-inclusive and minimizes confusion with way-finding and spatial orientation. In addition, the building benefits from a combination of natural daylight in the waiting areas and artificial light in the treatment rooms, staff areas and offices.  The improvements in lighting, colour scheme and signage create a pleasant and inviting mood, challenging a typical perception of a clinical setting. Moreover, the storage on each refurbished floor is carefully designed to maximize storage in a small space.  The placement of storage areas is discreet and unobtrusive, yet easily accessible to clinical staff. Finally, the improvement in planning and remodeling of the physical environment via straight circulation supports a minimal change in the direction of navigation. Way-finding interior design can dramatically help to reduce anxiety levels of anybody who utilizes the building. [post_title] => Wilberforce Health Centre [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => wilberforce-health-centre [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:11:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:11:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1136 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2018-08-24 15:14:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-24 15:14:18 [post_content] =>

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust  appointed ACA to design the refurbishment for the Vascular Unit Health Centre at Northwick Park Hospital.

Prior to this, ACA delivered a successful refurbishment of the Intensive Care Unit ward at Northwick Park Hospital.

In particular, the Vascular Unit offers the full range of procedures needed for up-to-date treatment of vascular disease.

Therefore, ACA worked closely with multi-professional team members to develop the design up to construction package.

Crucially, the driving influence was to create a healing environment.  This was achieved via the selection of warm colours providing a welcoming and positive effect.

Equally important, the intuitive and inclusive layout and Dementia-friendly interior design offers staff and patients ease of orientation.

Furthermore the design allowed for flexibility and possible future requirements.

In addition, each room is flooded with natural light enhancing the reassuring aesthetics associated with each space.

      [post_title] => Vascular Unit Northwick Park Hospital [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => vascular-unit-health-centre [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:11:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:11:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 961 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2017-12-20 16:08:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-12-20 16:08:04 [post_content] => ACA's design for Westwood Care Group’s learning disability centre at Marfleet Avenue in Hull, consists of a six bed, residential unit along with external garden space and day centre. The design reflects the local vernacular whilst implementing innovative and contemporary design elements. The materials used complement each other via the considered simplicity of the design. There are a low number of learning disability facilities available in the area so the development of a learning disability centre in Hull responds directly to the need for more well-designed centres which offer relief and support to local families. This is beneficial to the area and the wider context. Our “people-centred design” ethic is at the heart of the project. The final outcome will provide a user-orientated, meaningful space. ACA has produced a sophisticated visualisation to really bring the scheme to life. [post_title] => Learning Disability Centre Marfleet Avenue Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => aca-learning-disability-centre-hull [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:12:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:12:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 122 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-21 14:06:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-21 14:06:19 [post_content] => ACA has designed a specialist rehabilitation and recovery facility. The facility caters for people who require an environment for mental health recovery on behalf of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind. The accommodation will provide a therapeutic and safe environment where the residents can build confidence while developing independent living skills to continue the process of recovery. The project will see the demolition of an existing Art-Deco style building. To respect the building’s history and contribute positively to the conservation area, the new building takes inspiration from its predecessor. The design of the proposed rehabilitation facility has taken into consideration the surrounding residential and urban context. The massing of the existing building is dwarfing to surrounding buildings, therefore, the new design has a reduced volumetric approach. This is in consideration of the vernacular of the existing site. As a result, the development is more of a domestic scale which is in-keeping with the surroundings and history. The proposed materials were originally inspired by the Art-Deco style building that exists onsite and further by the rich history that Hull has of Art-Deco architecture. The aesthetic quality of the final selections create an architectural feature, which provides a point of orientation in the conservation area of Beverley Road. It also offers a therapeutic benefit for the proposed use of the scheme. ACA provide sophisticated visualisations to help clients and members of the public truly visualise to proposal: [post_title] => Complex Needs Rehabilitation Centre Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => complex-needs-rehabilitation-centre-hull [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:12:50 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:12:50 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 206 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-17 13:45:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-17 13:45:24 [post_content] => ACA were commissioned to produce a feasibility study for the expansion of Hull Royal Infirmary. The feasibility proposes to demolish the Wilson Building and replace it with an extension to the Women and Children’s Hospital which will integrate the new Front Entrance for the Tower Block, a feasibility study previously explored by ACA to improve the hospital’s entrance and landscape. The expansion and improvement to the Women and Children’s Hospital incorporates key principles developed as part of a master plan to improve the visitor experience. The proposal will be built with modular construction technology, using Spandrel Panels with colours that match the Elevation of the Tower Block. The Trust’s brand colours will highlight new inviting walls that open the new access to Hull Royal Infirmary. [post_title] => Hull Royal Infirmary Women And Children's Unit Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hull-royal-infirmary-women-childrens-unit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:13:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:13:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 217 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-16 13:50:36 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-16 13:50:36 [post_content] =>

A Winning Competition Design For Hull Royal Infirmary

ACA produced the winning competition design to improve the entrance at Hull Royal Infirmary, East Yorkshire. The brief was to create a much more welcoming and positive environment for patients, visitors and staff. The proposal will replace the existing multiple entrances, enhancing and augmenting the lobby/foyer area and integrating the tower block’s aesthetics. The proposal provides a holistic strategy, integrating landscape and interior design that aims to improve the human experience. The winning competition design concept or ‘Design Generator’, is representative of the caring and friendly hand of the NHS reaching out to welcome patients. Soothing water fountains integrate landscaped areas to dampen the traffic noise in people’s journey towards the New Front Entrance. A wall separating the landscaped areas clad with colourful ceramic rain screen panels will help funnel people towards the new front entrance. A living wall with artistically arranged plants extends from the Design Generator to create a welcoming urban oasis. The internal space provides welcoming and recognisable spaces where people can relax. The approach to create a therapeutic environment is supported by using familiar and non-institutional materials with cheerful and varied colours that echo the NHS Trust’s brand. Artwork that supports a way-finding strategy is integrated with the scheme. A strong connection to the external design is achieved by providing restorative views of outdoor landscaped areas and using natural light wherever possible. [post_title] => Hull Royal Infirmary Main Entrance Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hull-royal-infirmary-main-entrance [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:13:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:13:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 232 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-14 14:01:59 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-14 14:01:59 [post_content] => 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. [post_title] => Complex Needs Rehabilitation Centre Horsham [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => complex-needs-rehabilitation-centre-horsham [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:13:32 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:13:32 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [12] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 244 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-12 14:09:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-12 14:09:47 [post_content] => Alex worked closely with City Care to develop a Part-new-build and part-refurbishment for an existing Health Centre on Morrill Street, Hull. The project involved meeting the future needs of two practices and community services, while still utilising the same site. It was a fine balancing act, but one where all parties worked together within the new commissioning landscape to produce a building that is fit for the future. The £3.5m Health Centre Development was delivered in four phases, providing space for two GP practices and for Community Healthcare Services. The design of the building allowed for rooms to be multi-purpose and easily adaptable for the future. The approach involved improving the human experience using a combination recognisable and welcoming spaces, whilst at the same time giving the impression that they are also spaces where people can relax. The buildings contemporary approach and future proofing strategy saw it be featured in ‘building better healthcare publication’ in September 2013. [post_title] => Morrill Street Health Centre Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => morrill-street-health-centre-hull [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:13:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:13:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [13] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 247 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-11 14:16:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-11 14:16:54 [post_content] =>

Dementia-friendly Refurbishment Design Proposal

  ACA was commissioned by Humber NHS Foundation Trust to carry out a dementia-friendly refurbishment design proposal and assessment for the East Riding Community Hospital in Beverley, East Yorkshire. Working closely with Humber NHS FT and in consultation with the staff, public and people affected with the early stages of Dementia, the new design thoughtfully promotes a meaningful, Dementia-friendly, healing environment. The dementia-friendly refurbishment uses the local context for inspiration. Carefully-positioned images of recognisable local landmarks and landscapes are used to aid with orientation and create a familiarity with the local surroundings. In the corridors, colours are used on key walls to further aid in way-finding. The exterior spaces were designed to be connected directly to the internal communal spaces. A contemporary, sensory garden was designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses. The plants and materials used, engage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste, and sound. [post_title] => East Riding Community Hospital Beverley [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => east-riding-community-hospital-beverley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:13:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:13:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [14] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 259 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-09 14:24:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-09 14:24:46 [post_content] =>

New-build Acquired Brain Injury Facility

Working together with Swanton Care, ACA has proposed a new-build Acquired Brain Injury facility in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. The development includes a 40 bed development which has 10 independent living apartments and landscaped garden settings. It is foreseen that the construction of the development will commence during 2017. ACA’s design works sympathetically with Swanton Care’s model of care which enables people to live a more independent life, with support when required. The layout is designed to offer interesting views of the surrounding landscaped garden from bedrooms and lounge/dining areas to add to the healing experience. The extensions are characterized by contemporary design, built using traditional construction methods. Materials have been selected to respect the plain architecture of the local context yet introducing an innovative take in the use and proportion of the proposed materials to express the building form. [post_title] => ABI Development Wisbech [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => abi-development-wisbech [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:14:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:14:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [15] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 263 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-08 14:29:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-08 14:29:24 [post_content] => After working successfully together on previous projects, Hiltons Electrical appointed ACA to design a refurbishment of the ICU ward at Northwich Park Hospital, due to changes in the model of care delivery. The existing layout was modified to accommodate an ICU Suite for 5 beds, an HDU Suite for 6 beds and 2 Isolation rooms including ancillary facilities and a new entrance area. The use of the latest technology in ceiling pendants enabled a very efficient use of the layout. ACA worked closely with clinically-oriented and design and build-based, multi-professional team members to achieve robust construction information and completion of the facilities in just three months! The driving influence of the designs was to create a healing environment with measurable improvements in the physical and psychological states of patients, staff, physicians, and visitors. Based on research and lessons learned, the team focused on the following elements of a healing environment: • Sound absorbing ceilings and dampening flooring finishes to reduce noise levels. • Materials matt finishes to minimize glare and support infection control. • Flexible floor plan layouts to accommodate changing care practices. • Reduced staff travel distances to assist the workflow, whilst supporting the progressive model of care. • A green colour scheme was balanced with neutral tones and timber finishes to create a relaxing environment, incorporating abundant natural light and artificial lights with changing colour tones; views of London identified the reassuring nurse bases. • The layout included an area dedicated to families’ needs to integrate families into patient care. [post_title] => Northwick Park Hospital ICU Harrow [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => northwick-park-hospital-icu-harrow [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:14:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:14:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [16] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 270 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-07 14:37:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-07 14:37:23 [post_content] => ACA was commissioned to produce an interior design scheme for a new-build Extra Care development by Abbeyfield at Fern House, Bingley. Abbeyfield is a specialist provider of later-life accommodation and the site is located on the former Bingley Hospital site in West Yorkshire. The scheme comprises of 50 Extra Care flats, 30 Dementia rooms, day centre and all associated accommodation. The brief was to create a high-quality, homely environment wherein residents will enjoy and feel proud to invite the community into. ACA used research-backed, interior design principles to produce an extra care development based around creating a familiar and homely environment. Themed floors were inspired by the local context of the area. Recognisable images of the local area aid with way-finding and orientation around the building. Moreover, the materials are carefully selected to have homely and welcoming characteristics. Materials with sound-absorbing properties are used to promote a therapeutic environment. In addition, using a collaborative design process, ACA worked with a local artist to produce a bespoke installation in the ‘Copper Kettle’ Café. The tactile piece of 3D artwork made up of reclaimed and vintage copper kettles aids residents, some of whom suffer from Dementia or similar conditions, in understanding their environment. The installation has an association with the local context and evokes a sense of identity with the local area. ACA had the honour to be part of the project at Fern House, recognised for two awards of the Grand Final Winners in Regional Yorkshire and Humber namely; Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (RICS 2018) for Best Residential Scheme. Local Authority Building Control (LABC 2018) for Best Social and Affordable Housing Development. [post_title] => Fern House Extra Care Bingley, West Yorkshire [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => fern-house-extra-care-bingley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:14:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:14:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [17] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 283 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-06 14:45:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-06 14:45:31 [post_content] => Working closely with Swanton Care and Community Ltd, ACA produced an innovative proposal for the refurbishment and extension of Eden View, an existing brain injury clinic located in Bottisham, Cambridge. The project is running in response to a national shortage of high-end care services, with an aim to reduce the amount of ‘’bed blocking’’ in acute hospitals. ACA gained approval for the development in late 2016. The proposal looks to refurbish and extend the existing building. A two-storey extension provides 10 additional beds. A ground floor and first floor extension equally provide additional bedrooms, lounge and services accommodation. The site sits nearby a conservation area with several 16th and 17th Century buildings, the local vernacular is typical of a traditional rural setting. The proposed design ensures that the local character is respected and enhanced. The landscape design enhances the boundaries of the development to help the care home sit comfortably into the existing landscape. A network of communal garden areas encourages a sensory and enjoyable experience for the residents, staff and visitors. A variety of plant species including shrubs, ornamental grasses and herbaceous vegetation around the boundaries and within the garden areas add to the diversity and variation of the landscape. [post_title] => ABI Unit Bottisham [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => abi-unit-bottisham [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:14:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:14:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [18] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 296 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-04 14:55:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-04 14:55:49 [post_content] => Working closely with Active Pathways, ACA have produced a feasibility study for the extension and refurbishment of a sheltered housing complex to become a Mental Health Rehabilitation and Recovery Facility. The development comprises of a central hub with communal facilities, 15 rehabilitation apartments and an 8-bed low secure unit. The design achieves a welcoming and reassuring atmosphere where staff can spend time engaging with residents. The facility is designed to offer a familiar and homely appearance. The internal environment will use all of the senses to guide, familiarise and calm the residents in the following ways: -Sight is engaged as residents look out to motivational yet calming external spaces. -Smell/taste is stimulated as dining is at the core of the building, inviting residents in. -Touch is considered by the use of different textures and finishes within the building to provide appropriate atmospheres and define different areas. -Hearing is considered by the use of sound-absorbing materials, which provide a calming atmosphere and place of well being. [post_title] => Maryfield Court Manchester [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => maryfield-court-manchester [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:14:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:14:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [19] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 301 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-03 14:59:57 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-03 14:59:57 [post_content] => ACA has produced a feasibility study and options appraisal for a Retirement Village Hull, which specialises in Dementia and Long Term Condition (LTC) Care in Hull. The design includes: 6 holiday cottages, 36 retirement apartments, communal facilities, day-treatment clinic facilities and a 36 bed facility for challenging behaviour. The proposed masterplan is inspired by the medieval Italian town of San Gimignano in Italy, where a system of Piazzas and landscaped areas form the heart of the community. The Village is designed as a vibrant facility for older people, which is sensitive to the needs of the individual and responsive to its settings. It offers a comfortable, functional space that is legible, person-centred, easily accessible and easy to maintain. 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Maister Lodge Hull - Care Service

ACA has provided a refurbishment solution for Maister Lodge, an inpatient care service unit for older people that provides a comprehensive care service to residents who are experiencing mental health problems. Working within the existing fabric of the building, ACA re-designed the layout with Dementia-friendly principles in mind and provided an environment that promotes the ability to function independently. The design enhances the emotional and psychological well-being of the inpatients. The residential ‘pods’ are provided with a central meeting space and communal facilities that are integrated within multi-sensory walking paths to promote social interaction. The design is carefully considered to subtly yet clearly introduce way-finding solutions that aid inpatients with orientation and successful care service. [post_title] => Maister Lodge Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => maister-lodge-hull [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-07-15 08:53:34 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-07-15 08:53:34 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [21] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 314 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-06-25 16:18:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-25 16:18:29 [post_content] =>

Step-down Facility Aiding Mental Well-Being

ACA  was appointed to create a step-down facility for Care UK. The facility will provide care for people released from low-secure accommodation, where they will remain until they successfully and confidently rehabilitate and integrate back into the local community. The development comprises of a central hub with communal facilities, 20 rehabilitation apartments and a 4-bed low secure unit. The facility is designed to aid the resident, staff and visitor experience and to promote emotional and mental well-being. It is built around a landscaped courtyard, which discreetly provides a comfortable environment that reduces tension, encourages well-being and integrates community activities. The design cleverly eliminates the need for secondary perimeter security fencing. Public areas provide a welcoming and reassuring congregational space, where staff and residents can engage together and access outdoor areas. Structured activities and group rooms for residents are combined with staff dedicated areas. The complex boasts a domestic “feel” in order to create a calming and familiar place of living. The apartments are designed to provide a sense of individuality, whilst ensuring a safe environment that promotes self-confidence and independence. [post_title] => Holly House Gloucester [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => holly-house-gloucester [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:15:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:15:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [22] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 324 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-06-21 16:25:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-21 16:25:20 [post_content] =>

Townend Court

Townend Court in Hull is a Learning Disability Unit that nurtures the individual needs of its service-users, with the aim of rehabilitation and re-introduction into society. Townend Court has set a new precedent for the delivery of acute services for people with learning disabilities. Currently there are no specific guidelines for the development or provision of environments for people with learning disabilities. The design deliberately takes a very domestic approach to eliminate the clinical look and bring a homely feel whilst being operational from a clinical perspective. During treatment, patients gradually progress through the three sections of the unit: assessment, treatment and preparation for return to the community. ACA conscientiously designed the most private and secure areas at the rear of the development and the more interactive, social and public-facing areas at the front. Roof lights, glass screens and high-level glazing are used to feed natural light into the building and aid with observation. Where corridors are traditionally narrow, they have been opened up to enhance sight lines and aid with orientation. Each section of the building enjoys a corresponding courtyard, enhanced by the well-thought-out landscape design. A combination of planters, herbaceous plants and synthetic turf provide staff, visitors and service-users with therapeutic and stimulating external areas. The courtyards are carefully designed to provide a warm, welcoming space which can accommodate and encourage activities such as walking, sitting, exercising and gardening. [post_title] => Townend Court Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => townend-court-hull [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:15:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:15:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 23 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1705 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2019-09-11 19:34:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-09-11 19:34:29 [post_content] => ACA was commissioned to design an extension to the existing mental health place of safety located at Miranda House in Hull.  

Design Brief

  The brief was to provide additional interview rooms and an expanded waiting area.  Hence, the proposed extension increases the ground floor area by 75sqm.  

Design Approach

  The design of the new extension is sensitive to its context in terms of materials, character, appearance and the scale of the surrounding buildings. Consideration of the existing building's materials and colours creates harmony and a balance between new and existing. Strategic integration of natural light into the interior space creates a visual comfort, which is crucial to patient, staff and visitors' well-being in any mental health facility.                       [post_title] => Mental Health Place of Safety Extension, Miranda House, Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => psychiatric-hospital-facility-extension-miranda-house-hull [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-09-24 14:09:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-09-24 14:09:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 23 [max_num_pages] => 1 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => 1 [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => 1 [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => a772a5cb284ce3fe9aac4808cc0d6fdd [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) -->
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We work hand-in-hand with our Clients and build long-term relationships

ACA is a leading Interior Design and Architecture firm in Hull, Yorkshire, Doncaster and London, delivering projects nationwide, as listed below.

Our unique, multi-disciplinary approach has seen us develop buildings in England, Spain and Italy. We help you to achieve people-centred, sustainable and therefore holistic buildings. We aim to inspire whoever experiences them. ACA are a one-stop shop. We offer design services for architecture, interior design, master planning and visualisation, as well as sustainable design.

Previous designs have received BREEAM ratings certification, therefore demonstrating innovative solutions with flexible layout designs and material specification. To see more of our projects follow our YouTube channel to view high quality visualisations produced using the latest BIM technologies.

Take a look at the projects below to see individual testimonials confirming our proven track record.

The ACA team have extensive clinical understanding (in excess of 300+ facilities and designed). We work for several NHS Trusts, Independent Healthcare Providers and Registered Social Landlords. We work with a range of Residential Care facilities including Extra Care Housing, Dementia, Nursing and Care Homes, Respite Care and Intermediate Care Units. ACA also works in the education and commercial sectors with extensive experience in both realms. Our overall philosophy is to create healthy environments, whether that is a place to learn, work, heal or live in. Above all, everyone deserves access to a beautifully crafted space.

We are flexible and agile to meet your needs. Furthermore, we pride ourselves in the quality of the work we undertake and approach to design.

Any architect worth their salt knows that listening and understanding are the cornerstones to healthy, positive design.

Most of all, we care every step of the way!