IVEL Consult provided support in the design, co-ordination and project management of this assisted living home with a total floor area exceeding 8000 sq m and a project value of £15 million.
During the detailed design phase the use of on-site renewable energy sources were investigated, including a review of the use of photo-voltaics, wind power, biomass boilers and other technologies and several measures were adopted in the final design. Energy efficient compact fluorescent lamps were specified, together with manual and automatic switching and dimming facilities. Low Nox boilers were utilised with levels lower than 35 mg/KWhr. Energy meters and sub-meters were provided to ensure that 90% of the estimated annual energy consumption of each fuel was accounted for. The building achieved a “Very Good” BREEAM rating.
The building represents a combination of housing, supporting services, personalised assistance and healthcare designed to respond to the individual needs of those who require help with activities of daily living. The building has been designed to make strong references to older buildings within the area. The provision of a combination of architectural features such as gables, bays, and low level porches seeks to enliven and break down the elevation form, provide a harmony between the building wings and provide historical and local reference points.