DKA | Needham House
DKA | Needham House
DKA | Needham House
DKA | Needham House
DKA | Needham House

Needham House

The future of housing for the elderly

Wiltshire Council identified a likely increase of the elderly population in Devizes of 64.8% by 2026 and thus a significant need for additional housing for this population group. DKA were commissioned to design Needham House, an Extra Care housing scheme, as part of their programme to achieve this – providing new homes for the over 55’s that require care.

Needham House comprises 39 two-bedroom and eight one-bedroom apartments, with communal and support facilities for both residents and members of the wider community. Each apartment is designed to maximise the available living space, laid out in a flexible arrangement and with either direct access to its own patio area within the gardens or a private balcony that overlooks them.

“ The feedback has been nothing but positive, so a massive well done to you. We are all so proud of the building ”
Nikki Townshend - Commissioning Officer for New Housing, Wiltshire Council

The building layout on the site was carefully considered to maximise the number of units available whilst achieving a sense of space within the landscaped grounds and maintaining as much of the existing mature boundary planting as possible. All communal rooms within the building overlook the gardens and there is access to a generous terrace area within the south facing courtyard.

Being the first such scheme funded by Wiltshire Council there were a number of public consultation events required, both as part of the planning process and their wider aspiration to keep the public updated with their proposals. As the site is located within an existing residential area there was a lot of interest from the neighbours.

DKA also provided an interior design service for the communal areas, creating a pleasant, homely interior and an environment suitable for residents living with a variety of conditions. This lead to further appointment for us to develop Wiltshire Council’s Extra Care Housing Brief / Specification for future schemes.

We also provided BIM Manager services as this was the first BIM Level 2 project for both the main contractor and Wiltshire Council. The federated model generated proved a great asset in coordinating all design disciplines and the client anticipates the resulting COBie spreadsheet will be extremely useful to their management team in the future.

DKA | Needham House