A ‘bird’s eye’ view of the new development from the north.

for the Falkland Islands Government, said: “One understands our healthcare requirements perfectly. Its multidisciplinary team has designed an extra care facility which will make a huge difference to the people of the Falkland Islands.”

Balancing social and clinical needs It was important that our design balanced

both the clinical and social needs of those who will stay in and visit the facility. The development comprises 32 extra care apartments and two short-term apartments for respite care, plus associated staff and ancillary services. A major advancement for the Islands, it offers a catalyst for the future, while meeting the needs of the existing population, via the provision of an attractive, non-institutionalised environment for those requiring support, as well as an activity hub for the wider community.

We fully considered the layout of the complex to create a ‘village feel’, where users feel safe and connected. The intuitive courtyard design is easily readable, opening out the services and facilities on offer to avoid confusion. We also designed the building with wings positioned to maximise the number of apartments with a sea view to Stanley Harbour and beyond the ‘Narrows’. This design is for wellbeing purposes, but also with the understanding that the sea and fishing are important to local people. Physically separating the winged clusters allowed us to provide relaxing ‘wing lounges’ – areas where residents and visitors can spend time and socialise.

The landscaped gardens can be accessed at the end of each wing, and from the restaurant.

A carefully selected palette of materials aids wayfinding, while also creating a warm, domestic, and homely atmosphere to reinforce the sense of independence for residents. All wings lead back to the core of the building, where there are communal spaces including a cinema room/multi- purpose room, an activity area, a hair and beauty salon, a café, and a restaurant. Here, residents, visitors, and the community, can enjoy time together in a non-institutional manner.

Flexibility ‘key’

Bringing the wider community together was important, and so the design provides flexible spaces; for example, the multi- purpose room and activity room can be combined to create a larger area, perfect for public/private events. We also made sure that we considered the future needs of the centre, with the modular design allowing flexibility over time to extend the facility if required.

One understands that the needs of the end-user, as well as innovation and creativity, must be at the heart of effective healthcare design. Each apartment has been designed to adapt and change in accordance with the needs and abilities of the individual. As a home for life, the apartments incorporate innovative assistive technology, dementia-friendly design principles, and wheelchair accessible kitchens and shower rooms all designed to not feel institutional. En-suites are designed to either add or remove grab rails as needed, so that they are tailored to the individual and feel homely.

Landscape-led approach to masterplanning

With a single team working under the same roof, it means that all disciplines are involved at an early stage. At One we don’t just share a workspace; we share our expertise, and by having one collaborative team we are also able to provide a landscape-led approach to masterplanning which has huge benefits from a wellbeing perspective.

A communal area and dining space. 28

We designed the whole site to feel open and to create a sense of freedom. A retaining wall to the north provides a secure boundary with views over the sea, and we have utilised the natural rockface to the south of the building as a boundary that will be planted with native species to create a rock garden. The landscaped gardens can be accessed at the end of each wing of the building, and from the restaurant. A circular wandering path guides residents around the garden, through a series of spaces each with a different character: a sensory garden, rockery, outdoor dining space, and


A BIM model of the new Vulnerable Persons Extra Care Facility.

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