ORCHARD GROVE CARE HOME IS PART OF THE 'HOMES FOR LIFE' CONCEPT PROGRAMME FOR GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL. THIS 120 BED CARE HOME, LOCATED CLOSE TO HAMPDEN PARK, ECOMPASSES APPROXIMATELY 7,200 M2 OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND IS BASED AROUND THE CONCEPT OF THE RESIDENTS RETAINING THE SAME ROOM AS THEIR NEEDS CHANGE.
The site is a former industrial location, which brought initial issues that were overcome in the the foundation design by creating a supported framework of ground beams to divorce the building from adverse ground conditions.
The building design follows the arrangement of the other 'Homes for Life' schemes with bedroom wings arranged around courtyard gardens and a linked day care centre. Value was added and innovation aided by evolving a design that allows for the rooms to be serviced with flexibility and future complex needs to be accommodated, with 15 such rooms making up a wing that is clustered around the lounge and dining spaces, leading to a beautifully landscaped central, secure, sheltered courtyard.
The benefits of outdoor spaces are extremely important. Our Landscape Design team included colourful and spacious gardens to encourage exercise, particularly through the creation of ‘wander paths’ with regular seating and rest points, along with wayfinding and marker features to aid orientation.
Further to this, bowling and putting greens were introduced to help stimulate memory and prevent boredom, while also creating inclusive areas for friends, family and children to socialise with residents.
The wings are connected to a central spine of shared services reception, activity and treatment rooms, staff, back of house and plant areas - all arranged to form protective courtyards for the residents to enjoy peace and security.
For people with dementia, long-term memory is commonly much stronger than short-term, therefore the design incorporates comforting and easily recognisable features. One example of this is the bright red phone and post boxes, which bring residents a reassurance that comes from familiarity and stimulation through memory.
These attractive, stimulating spaces and design innovations help maximise independence, reinforce personal identity and enhance confidence for people with dementia.
2015 RIBA AHR Stephen Williams Scholarship
28 JULY 2015