The client, Central and Cecil, is a charitable provider of accommodation and care for the elderly which owned and operated a 1950s block containing 250 small bedsits. The accommodation was inflexible, the units too small and no longer regarded as fit for purpose.
The design challenge was to create a similar number of larger apartments with significantly enhanced support and social provision, together with the addition of private accommodation for sale to substantially fund the development.
The site, situated adjacent to Regent’s Park and the world renowned Lord’s Cricket Club and which occupies a full urban block, is in a premier London location.
The development is phased so disruption to residents is minimised and temporary moves offsite avoided.
Substantial consultation with residents and a representative group was formed to serve as ongoing advisors to the project.
Central and Cecil have historically provided a single model of care across their portfolio. This project pilots a flexible, menu based approach. Some residents are completely independent, others benefit from a light touch support, while others require substantial care services.
A significant area of development is to mitigate the symptoms of dementia. In our ageing society dementia has emerged as a key issue. Medical practices are enabling us to live longer but we are unable to counter the loss of brain function.
UK research suggest that up to 75% of residents in care homes suffer from some form of dementia and we are nearing a situation where over a third of over 65s will die from it. Central and Cecil are committed to being at the forefront of good practice. Working with leading experts in the field we are together developing pilot studies which will inform the detail design of other new developments.
A key priority is the overriding importance of creating a real sense of belonging - of home, and of a spirit of community.
The nature of social space, how it is perceived and used is critical. The avoidance of large institutional lounges in favour of smaller more intimate spaces, and opportunities for quiet reflection or chance encounter.
Exploring real and meaningful activity with opportunities to make and do is part of the research programme. Car repair, cooking, gardening all form part of day to day activities.
The development forms clustered apartment layouts in linked blocks ranging from six to 12 storeys. Accommodation steps up from the south to provide a network of tiered rest gardens for all residents to enjoy. Apartments are a mix of one and two bedroom with light filled living spaces and private balconies.
Inside Housing Development Awards, Shortlisted
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Lodge Road, London UKWestminster