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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] => https://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=1705 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => 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] => https://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=1423 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => 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] => https://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=1412 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1131 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2018-08-24 13:20:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-08-24 13:20:05 [post_content] =>

ACA was appointed to design an extension and internal re-modelling of a two-storey, detached house in Beverley. The brief was to increase living space for a growing family and improve layout and overall wellbeing.

The new design offers the residents an extra 54.5 sqm of additional space, with a ground floor gross internal area of 22.5 sqm, and first floor internal area of 24 sqm. The first floor extension towards the side garden offers a bedroom balcony, benefitting from additional space and fabulous views. The balcony cantilevers over the new modern kitchen / dining area, with sliding doors, inviting plenty of natural light inside. The front elevation extension provides a new porch with an extended bedroom on the first floor.

Carefully selected materials; soldier bricks, cedar cladding and white render mixed with existing, complement the original house, boasting a unique and modern design standard. The design:

            [post_title] => Detached House Extension Beverley [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => detached-house-extension-beverley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:12:03 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:12:03 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=1131 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1027 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2018-01-29 16:34:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-01-29 16:34:23 [post_content] => ACA has designed an urban design scheme for Kexgill, award-winning student accommodation suppliers. After our previous designs for the area adjacent to The University of Hull, (The Terrace) ACA has been further involved in the extension of the urban design scheme. The spaces created are designed to encourage communal activity and shared space. The design includes bespoke LED light features created by our team, to give character to otherwise plain house walls and to portray the identity of Kexgill, sharing light and positivity. Such features in combination with planned lighting throughout the design will improve student safety, orientation and community. We strongly believe that access to the natural environment is paramount to good health, therefore we endeavored to incorporate the use of green areas and vegetation. Carefully managing the space available efficiently we have created essential off-street parking to decrease the pressure on the already brimming on-street parking. [post_title] => Urban Design For Student Accommodation Hull [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => student-accomodation-urban-design [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:16:15 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:16:15 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=1027 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHXhPcJ-_AE&t=2s [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] => http://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=961 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 189 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-19 11:30:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-19 11:30:44 [post_content] => ACA sensitively designed a modern and refreshing extra care apartment.  Overall, the design team tailored the apartment to aid couples, where one of them may be experiencing early-onset symptoms of Dementia or similar. Importantly, the design takes into consideration the rich, fulfilled lives that people have experienced, thus providing a respectful and dignified place to live. In fact, Sunderland is full of culture and art. Consequently, we commissioned a local artist to create pieces to be installed to create visual reminders and trigger memories. A thoughtful selection of materials provides a calming atmosphere. Furthermore, the colour selection and contrasts of furniture and equipment with different functions aid the day-to-day obstacles people may experience. Moreover, colour selections for the extra care apartment take inspiration from iconic paintings of the local surroundings.  Hence, floral prints on curtains provide an extra element of visual stimulation. [post_title] => Silksworth Extra Care Sunderland [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => silksworth-extra-care-sunderland [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:13:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:13:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=189 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 226 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2017-07-15 13:56:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-15 13:56:34 [post_content] => ACA was appointed to produce a design for a single-storey rear detached house extension and internal remodelling of an existing detached house in Hessle, East Yorkshire. ACA’s designs have improved the accommodation on the ground floor, retaining the existing structures and integrating a single-storey rear extension, producing a net increase in gross internal area of 13.5sqm. The extension’s design carefully respects the appearance of the existing property. Detailing and matching materials complement the original dwelling and are sympathetic to its character. A flat roof with parapet wall completed with pressed metal profile coping and a modern door composition identifies the contemporary design addition. 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Town House Extension, Beverley

ACA was appointed by a private Client to design a house extension in the historic Beverley, East Yorkshire. The new layout increased the gross internal area by 8.2 sqm and accommodates a bathroom and a bedroom. The design improves the accommodation on the first floor, retaining the existing structures and integrating an extension over the existing kitchen on the ground floor. The extension is located in the Westwood Conservation area of Beverley where the local vernacular is predominately terraced residential properties with red brick elevations with pitched slate roofs and dormer windows. The design is in-keeping with the nearby Victorian dwellings. The shape of the roof, window detailing and materials complement the dwelling and are sympathetic to its character. Proposals were consulted with the local planning authority and local residents. Designs were produced in accordance with Householder Design Guidance. [post_title] => Town House Extension Beverley [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => town-house-extension-beverley [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-18 17:15:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-18 17:15:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=308 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 9 [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] => https://aca-i.com/?post_type=project&p=1705 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => project [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 9 [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] => f2e1f4f633aea1de2be3fa792eef0098 [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.

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