Housing association First Ark’s first extra care development was designed by PRP to deliver 101 new homes for affordable rent, including seven apartments for dementia sufferers alongside 21 shared-ownership apartments plus a restaurant, lounge areas, hairdressing salon and activity rooms.
This contemporary building has been sensitively integrated into its wider surroundings with the two blocks enclosing a new public square as well as generous landscaped gardens, providing effective privacy for residents.
The main design concept was to aid the way finding of its residents suffering from mild dementia by providing a palette of colours and flower images on each floor and the personalisation of each apartment entrance.
Each communal space was given its own unique identity allowing zones within the building to become memorable and providing a destination for different times of the day. This was especially important as some of its residents are in the building for long periods of time and a sense of leaving home and going out for a day has been achieved.