Assisted Living in Dorset

Barefoot Architects are working with Specialised Supported Housing to deliver 18 apartments for adults with a range of physical and learning difficulties on a site in Sturminster Newton, North Dorset.

The project will extensively refurbish and convert the existing social services office building into 8 assisted living flats, whilst a purpose built new building to the rear of the site will provide 10 new homes, 4 of which will be suited to wheelchair users with more complex care needs.

The project has sought to give a real sense of independence to the residents by providing all of the ground floor resident with their own front door entrance (rather than via a corridor).

We have also developed designs for the landscape to provide areas of garden for each flat, as well as a shared courtyard for residents and staff to relax.

The materials for the building reflect the surroundings with a splash of colour to define individual flats and give a sense of identity. Due to start on site early 2019.