Job: Sighthill

Type: Care Home Development

Location: Sighthill, Edinburgh

Summary: An existing care home developer and operator client – Randolph Hill Group.

From our introducing the development opportunity, to writing the brief, to detail design, to construction and occupation.

To clear the site of 3 no. former janitorial houses and redevelop with 60 bed care home.

A development of 60 no. individual bedrooms each with its own en-suite. The bedrooms arranged in “family grouping” wings – each wing with its own dining room and sitting room.

Extra wide corridors to help promote a sense of space. Space standards in excess of the minimum requirements.

Features: Given adjacent features including a college block, a lounge bar, a filling station there was a strong design influence for the building to be outward looking. There was much activity for the residents to watch and be interested in.

The building was designed to address the particular requirements of those with dementia. The designs were also a conscious attempt to create a Care Home with a more contemporary style and feel. While as designers we feel it is essential that the residents are happy and at home in the building it is equally important that the family and friends are comfortable with the choice of this facility as a place to stay. It is also the case that increasing numbers of the residents are of generations more likely to have enjoyed “contemporary styles” as part of their chosen way of life in years gone by – so this design approach may be their preference.