A positive impact ‘on the other side of the world’

Matt Tebbatt, managing director of Midlands-headquartered multidisciplinary building design company, One Creative Environments (One), discusses the company’s work designing the Falklands Islands’ first ever purpose-built Vulnerable Extra Care Facility. Alongside this, One also designed the first phase of the redevelopment of the Islands’ only acute hospital.

One Creative Environments (One), a multidisciplinary building design company which has its headquarters in Worcester, and a London office, is well established in the healthcare sector, and works on a wide range of healthcare projects as far afield as the Falkland Islands. Its healthcare design work encompasses facilities ranging from care homes, extra care, and dementia care units, to palliative care units, primary care centres, hospitals, car parks, and other facilities supporting the medical sector, such as key worker/student accommodation.

The Falkland Islands is a picturesque group of islands with unhindered views of the South Atlantic Ocean, providing the perfect setting for an architecture of healthcare that is both contemporary and respectful to the sensitive surroundings. Our brief from the Falkland Islands Government was to design the first ever purpose-built Vulnerable Persons Extra Care Facility in the Islands, a facility which will provide excellent independent living facilities for the frail and elderly, as well as those living with a disability, learning difficulty, or those in need of dementia

care. The new facility is intended as a focal point and new model of care to serve the Falkland Islands, as the Government develops a new way forward for their ageing and vulnerable population. It also needs to take the pressure off King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) in Stanley, the Islands’ only hospital, which itself has a phased redevelopment plan in place, with One commissioned to design the first phase of this work.

Defining the brief

We believe that the importance of having a robust strategic brief cannot be underestimated. The ultimate success of the project, and achieving value for money, rest on the quality of the brief, and we take a holistic approach to establishing our clients’ needs and vision. As an integrated multidisciplinary design company, we are providing all of the necessary services for the Extra Care facility – from concept to opening: masterplanning, architecture, landscape architecture, building services (mechanical and electrical engineering), civil and structural engineering – all working at the forefront of Building

The new facility is intended as a focal point and new model of care to serve the Falkland Islands, as the Government develops a new way forward for their ageing and vulnerable population

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The first step was therefore for me and a multidisciplinary team from One to visit the Falkland Islands to undertake a valuable and intensive week of site visits, stakeholder meetings, and workshops. Here we formed the brief, understood how the facility will meet local need, and ensured that all parties were on board with the design principles from the outset. The team has since visited the Islands on many occasions to develop the design, with work set to start on site in early 2019. As a company, however, we are committed to being early adopters of technology, and have invested in state-of-the-art smart touchscreens with video conferencing facilities. This hugely supports our day-to- day approach in ensuring that distance really is no barrier for any of our clients.

Initial designs The front entrance to the new ‘Extra Care’ facility in the Falklands. THE NETWORK | JANUARY 2019

With a very clear brief, and having undergone a thorough feasibility study, we then started designing. The designs needed to be attractive and non- institutional, and to deliver the highest standards for people living with a disability or dementia. A welcoming atmosphere was essential to the design, within an environment that could be enjoyed by the residents and the wider community. The natural environment meant there were a number of particular design considerations, which included: the north- facing sun and South Atlantic winds, the heights and views that would be provided to the new Extra Care facility’s residents, and the distinctive local colour palette. For example, the differing roof colours in our design complement the rooftops in the surrounding area, and local feedback received during the consultation stated that the design and colours ‘feel just like Stanley’. The feasibility study demonstrated that an innovative 3,600 m2 single-storey facility could be delivered using off-site construction techniques that blended into the natural surroundings. With local materials unavailable, the timber pre-fabricated design uses materials shipped from the other side of the world. Colin Summers, director of Public Works


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