Castle House Nursing Home is a family run business in the Somerset village of Keinton Mandeville. DKA were appointed to design an extension to provide an additional 17 en-suite bedrooms, a new lounge, entrance, ancillary facilities and car park along with a number of improvements to the existing building.
Castle House Nursing Home
Simple extension transforms nursing home
The new extension has transformed the existing home. Visitors now arrive in a landscaped car park which has a dedicated drop off area right outside the new entrance. This is adjacent to the lounge with vaulted ceiling, feature glazed gable and access to a south facing balcony that has far reaching rural views.
The spacious new hallways have plenty of natural light and connect to both the new wing of bedrooms (each with en-suite wet-room and private balcony or terrace within the walled garden) and the communal rooms within the existing building that were previously down a warren of dark internal corridors. This has made the home easier to navigate for residents, staff and visitors.
The extension also forms a number of sunny courtyards that make safe external areas to be enjoyed in nice weather as well as bringing plenty of natural light into the building.
Since completing the work Castle House has managed to achieve a CQC Excellent rating and the Manager has won the National Care Home Manager of the year award.
After qualifying in 2002 Adrian joined DKA in 2004, where he has gained a wide range of experience in healthcare, community, industrial, leisure and residential projects. Recently he has been Project Architect for two new community hospitals in Somerset, providing him with a thorough knowledge of the latest healthcare regulations and successful experiences working with two of the country’s leading contractors on the Procure 21 framework.
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.