Avonpark Village is a continuing care community near Bath, which offers everything from independent houses to a specialist dementia suite, set in a spectacular rural location. Retirement Villages acquired the village in 2010 and appointed DKA to help them refurbish and remodel the site. We provided technical advice for initial works, including urgent repair and maintenance and minor alterations to improve functionality, and a full architectural service for more involved works across the village.
Refurbished and remodelled in spectacular rural location
The projects that DKA were involved with include:
- Creation of new ‘clubhouse’ and reception
- Refurbishment of 28 ‘Care’ bedrooms with ensuites including ancillary rooms and circulation
- Refurbishment of eight ‘independent living’ apartments
- Refurbishment of dining room and lounge
- Internal alterations to Dementia Care Home
- Colour schemes for site-wide external refurbishment
- Planning permission for improved entrances and future clubhouse expansion
- Minor works throughout the site – parapet / roof works, fire improvements
- Feasibility studies for site expansion and internal alterations
The biggest transformation was the provision of an inviting clubhouse where residents can meet, entertain or enjoy the offerings of the new bistro, which we developed and detailed in cooperation with the client’s interior designers. We opened up a series of small existing rooms to create a welcoming open plan space with new reception, two cosy lounges, bar area, library, shop, and garden room that reflect the sociable nature of the village. The Avonpark Village clubhouse was also the focus of Senior Designer and DKA specialist in dementia-friendly design, Rebecca Furse’s Environmental Psychology MSc dissertation – she enjoyed the opportunity it gave her to better understand the residents’ point of view.
Rebecca joined DKA in 2007 and has worked across all sectors, initially in a technical capacity and now leading our interiors team. This mix of technical and interiors experience has provided Rebecca with a well-balanced approach, with designs offering both creativity and practicality. She has a Masters in Environmental Psychology which developed her awareness of the impact design can have on people’s experience of the built environment. Rebecca is our expert in dementia-friendly design and believes that good design can help to empower all building users.
Founder and Director of DKA with experience in the design and construction of most building types, including healthcare, education, commercial, leisure and residential in both public and private sectors. Experienced in feasibility and urban design studies, David is responsible for running the design studio and retains a personal involvement with projects in the office in all stages of the design process, particularly at concept and sketch design stages.