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The Cottage

Care Homes


Eminence Care Ltd


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Exmouth, Devon

We worked with Eminence Care Ltd in 2012 to design a new facility for their early stage dementia care, and later stage care. 

The brief was to respond to the challenge of forming a singular care unit which will eventually and simultaneously form part of a more cohesive facility, achieved with the home being zoned to form a total of 3 care units each providing

dementia care for residents at differing stages of dementia.

The project commenced with a thorough sketch study, with penned layouts covering the numerous floor levels. With close communication and coordination with the client, a layout which worked for the home was found. 

The design was then developed further to incoporate the external elevations. Originally a design featuring extensive timber cladding was proposed, however this was amended and scaled back to the proposals seen overleaf. This process of communication with our client is the most valuable stage, ensuring the project commences on the best footing. 

The project was designed to display material palette which again remains in keeping with that of the main house, with painted timbers, slate roofind and brickwork, the final design was balanced,  sympathetic and high quality.

At ground floor level the resident’s rooms have been deliberately located at the quieter rear end of the site. Furthermore the scheme has been designed to ensure that where possible the primary focus of internal spaces is towards both the North east and South West.

By using traditional design principles and materials, this helps residents feel comfortable and at home, with designs they know and trust, with direct association with residential settings.

Once planning was granted, TFQ provided a full architectural service providing drawings to gain building regulations approval, tender packages and construction drawings for the appointed contractor to build from.

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