Almshouse boasts ‘green’ design features


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

A new £6.5million almshouse has been built by the 800 year-old Bath-based St John’s Hospital charity. The Almshouse, which provides accommodation for Bath residents in need over the age of 55, incorporates a number of intersting design features including recycling systems for water and waste, low energy consumption heating and ventilating systems and a English Country Garden character landscape, with courtyard, garden and roof terrace areas throughout. Facilities include a hobbies/craft room, dual use library/chapel and a therapy area which doubles up as a hairdressing salon. High speed access to the internet, plus digital and satellite TV points are fitted as standard in each flat. Twenty-four hour care support is provided by the charity’s care staff, and an emergency call system is linked to an internal telephone network. Designed by Bristol-based G2 architects, the brief was to provide a building that was both architecturally significant and “green”. Quentin Elston, clerk to the Trustees of St John’s Hosp





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