Allen Tod’s York refurb shows central role of design for well-being


Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A £2 million refurbishment to expand and improve existing facilities at St Leonards hospice in York is complete. Leeds and London based Allen Tod Architecture has developed a solution that re-used the existing building for expanded day care, care support and family facilities. Patient care accommodation is relocated in a new building with a 20-bedroom inpatient unit and increased administration facilities. “The therapeutic effect of landscape to promote well-being plays an important role in the design and recognises patients1 needs to be close to nature,” say the architects. “The relationship between patient bedroom and garden is maintained by a generous balcony, which provides the rooms with sheltered outdoor space and views to the countryside beyond. “The hospice also comprises two contrasting courtyards – one for staff that is calm and relaxing, and a main courtyard that is overlooked by patient rooms and reception area and offers a more vibrant sensory experience. “Gardens adjacent to the day-care facili





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