Architect publishes care home design guide

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

A guide to commissioning new care buildings, along with an accessibility checklist, has been produced by London-based care design specialists Armes Associates. The procurement guide and checklist is available free at or via email on request ( The guide¹s author, architect Murray Armes, said too many new care homes were being badly designed because of poor advice from architects and lack of preparation by building owners and operators. “There is often too little time set aside for pre-design briefing and too much reliance on Å’off the shelf’¹ design solutions,” Mr Armes said. “The consequences can be costly: buildings designed without the flexibility to adapt to changing user needs have to be modified later. “Care clients are under pressure to keep building costs down, and the temptation is to go for Å’catalogue architecture¹ ­ yet every care scheme requires innovation, based on the needs of the resident community. The challenges of having an ageing popul

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