Nursing Home and Convalescent Centre, Goatstown
In Goatstown we have designed an 82 bedroom convalescent centre and nursing home on a site of under 1 acre. The building has been modelled using setback upper storeys to minimise its’ impact on its’ neighbours while maximising the potential of the site. Nursing home design in Ireland has been transformed with the introduction of new regulations and standards of care. Our proposal meets and exceeds these new standards.
The building is divided into a 54 Bed Nursing Home and 28 Bed Convalescent Centre. The proposal comprises four storeys over basement level car parking and forms a defined street edge to Goatstown Road. The impact of the building on its’ neighbours to the north and south is ameliorated by the setting back of the second and third floors. These setbacks accommodate roof terraces and conservatories. To the rear of the building is a south facing communal garden, which can be accessed from the southern staircore or from the communal dining room. The garden has been designed to provide covered seating, changes in level and a variety of walking routes. Numerous passive and active recreation spaces, in addition to an oratory and various treatment rooms are provided in a central core. Overlooking of adjacent properties from this central core is minimised by a series of steel and timber screens.
During the design process extensive consultation was undertaken with Nursing Home operators. The scheme adheres to the design standards set out in the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) “National Quality Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland” published in 2008.