Clients' Stories

Becket Court

The old care home on this site was out of date and did not provide the right quality of housing for people with learning disabilities in the 21st century.

We worked with a number of housing providers to consider their ideas for the future of the building and its site and eventually chose West Kent Housing Association External Website. Opens in New Window. as they proposed a new build "core and cluster" scheme. This would provide tenants with their own flats, but also allow them to access a communal lounge and staff located in a flat on the ground floor. Technology including a lift, door entry system, specialist bathing equipment and telecare was installed to ensure that all the needs of the tenants were met and that the building would be suitable for others in the future.

The ingoing tenants saw photos of the development as it was being built and some visited on a regular basis to see the progress first hand. They enjoyed choosing the colours of their walls, flooring, kitchen units and worktops, bathroom and kitchen tiling and they proudly showed their relatives and advocates around their new flats a few weeks before it was finished.

Co-ordinating the project from the PCT funders point of view, Claire Hall Consultancy worked closely with West Kent Housing Association and its contractors, the ingoing tenants and their families, advocates, health and social care professionals and specialist equipment and telecare providers to ensure the building would meet the needs of the ingoing tenants as well as provide flexible and adaptable accommodation for future residents – and all within budget and timescale!

This is the story as told by West Kent Housing Association.

Overview

West Kent Housing Association was given free land and a grant on a per capita basis to replace outdated and unsuitable accommodation for NHS clients.

The balance of cost is provided by West Kent borrowing.

The new building was purposed designed for six individuals so that they could live independently with support provided 24 hours a day by Lifeways Ltd.

The new building is entirely wheelchair accessible and has a lift to the first floor as well as a garden designed to be fully accessible. Two of the flats have specialist baths to meet the needs of the residents and all have the latest technology sensor alarm systems to protect against the danger of accident. The flats are particularly spacious and residents have chosen their own carpets and decoration.

The building has been carefully designed to have an entirely domestic scale when viewed from the street.

Challenges and successes of this project

Partnership working with the PCT and the builder to meet the exacting requirements of this client group has ensured that the original design brief has developed during the construction period and enhanced the outcome.

West Kent committed to meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 even though the scheme is not HCA grant funded. In two of the flats this proved not to be possible because of the high water usage generated by the specialist baths. In other respects the building meets the Code due to high levels of structural insulation and photo voltaic panels on the roof to reduce energy use.

In addition to this new project West Kent has also purchased three street properties as part of this NHS Campus Reprovision Programme.

Download West Kent's Case Study PDF (pdf 303kb)

Download Article from West Kent's In and Around Magazine PDF (pdf 127kb)

Case Study by the Contractor, Calford Seaden External Website. Opens in New Window.

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Old care home on the site
Old care home on the site
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The build
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Becket Court now
Becket Court now
Becket Court now
West Kent Housing Association
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