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    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.

    Westminster, UK




    Central and Cecil




    Planning Approved


    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

    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.

    MEDIA Block LANDSCAPE A_Lodge_Road
    MEDIA Block LANDSCAPE B_Lodge_Road
    MEDIA Block PORTRAIT A_Lodge_Road

    A key priority is the overriding importance of creating a real sense of belonging – of home, and of a spirit of community. This is achieved through the avoidance of large institutional lounges in favour of smaller more intimate spaces. 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.

    3UP MEDIA BLOCK C_Lodge_Road
    3UP MEDIA BLOCK B_Lodge_Road
    MEDIA Block SQUARE B_Lodge_Road

    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

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