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West Garth

Elland, UK


project overview

Creating a short-term respite care facility

Our building consultancy team was appointed by Calderdale Council to deliver the remodelling and refurbishment of an existing residential building, used as a Council-managed children’s home, into a short-term respite care facility.

Due to the nature of the existing building, a circa. 1910 one-off residential home, the project required a bespoke approach. We developed a full tender package and specifications, supporting the Council through contractor procurement, evaluation, and appointment, through to delivery of the scheme on site. As well as acting as principal designer, we also conducted an initial condition survey of the building and oversaw site clearance.

We selected a team of multidisciplinary sub-consultants to support us, based on experience, cost effectiveness, locality, etc, including engineers and BREEAM consultants, with the scheme targeting BREEAM Excellent.

The Council had developed early-stage design proposals in-house, with a view to refurbishing the home internally and externally and adding a new single-storey extension, which would create nine ensuite bedrooms and a bedsit unit.

Our team sought to achieve innovation and efficiency by improving the sustainability of the building and reducing running costs for the Council. We did this by including a green roof and roof photovoltaics in the final design, as well as landscaped greenery, which created a serene outdoor garden.


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