Space were appointed by the North East Autism Society (NE-AS) and Durham County Council to design and build the construction of four eco-lodges. The units provide respite residential care and supported holiday accommodation at the NE-AS New Warlands Farm Training centre at Holmside in County Durham.
The facility will comprise up to a minimum of 6 single storey eco-lodges, however initially only 2 will be constructed as part of the first phase, with the others to follow as funding becomes available.
The lodges provide respite care and supported holiday accommodation for families or groups and as such were to be located in surroundings that would provide a ‘get-away destination’ for the users. The chosen location provided a quiet rural location, backed by a woodland plantation and with views across open farmland.The current phase of development includes 1 three bed and 1 four bed lodge, the four bedroom lodge will have capacity for 3 clients and a live-in carer for the duration of the stay, this can vary to suit the care requirements of each client and the 3 bedroom; 2 clients and a carer.
In each lodge bedrooms have been designed to accommodate twin beds should the need arise in the future and at least one bedroom has been adapted to meet the specific requirements of the NE-AS, including a bedroom with mechanical ceiling hoist, linked to the main bathroom. All interiors have been designed to take into account the user group, with simple yet visually effective durable interior finishes.
Space acted as design / project managers in the overall design and construction delivery of the lodges providing a full turn key package for the client.
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