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PURTSON CHILDREN HOME : FEATHERSTONE

Client : Kier Northern

 

This
purpose built unit
was designed for the modernisation of short term (1-5 day)
respite care services
for 5-19 year old children in Wakefield. The new
integrated facility
is located on a mature site at the edge of a public park, adjacent to a Grade II listed building.

The facility is
domestic in nature
and encourages the notion of a “home” through its accessible design. It is comprised of a four bed and a three bed unit with shared facilities. The 4 bed unit caters for severely physically disabled children and the 3 bed unit for children with challenging behaviour. The design provides a
safe
and
caring environment
for the children and includes separate living spaces for the two groups of children with shared dining/activity, soft play, computer and sensory rooms.

Compact
and
efficient design
allowed the provision of 7 rather than 6 bedrooms providing respite care for children from around the area, providing for a fully inclusive safe environment demonstrating a 17%
increase
in
capacity
(and therefore
income
) for the same capital cost. The 600m2 scheme was procured through the P21 framework for NHS and Local Authority Stakeholders.



Services :
Architecture
Landscape