Kenbrook House was a 52-bed Care Home built in the 1960s and in need of upgrading.
By converting every other bedroom into a pair of bathrooms, we have been able to create an enlarged bedroom and the privacy of an en-suite shower room for every resident. To keep the scheme at the same size, a new 20-bed extension has been added.
Additional sitting and dining rooms have been created and a new lift and stairs have been installed. A glazed link / winter garden allows residents to circulate around the building; a secure courtyard has been provided for residents with dementia.
The existing communal areas have been rearranged to create new hobby and activity areas and a communal lounge. The existing entrance space has been redesigned with a new glazed canopy and reorganised to create a welcoming sitting area.
The Home has also been broken down into ‘family groups’, with smaller lounges and dining areas on each floor.
The new extension has been built as a timber frame and has been clad in timber with a similar rhythm to the concrete panels of the existing buildings.
The scheme was carried out in eight phases with the residents in occupation throughout.