The Challenge:

There was an urgent need for adult day care facilities in Flintshire, North Wales, with the existing day centre falling into disrepair. Flintshire County Council recognised the need to invest in this key service and wanted to transform services for people with a learning disability.

The centre was needed to provide a range of person-centred services to support individuals with multiple and profound disabilities.

Throughout this project, it was essential that there was a clear understanding between all stakeholders of the vision for the new building and the needs of the people who would use this facility.

With a budget of £4m, it was important to maximise the return on the Flintshire County Council’s investment in designing a fit-for-purpose, functional building.

The Solution:

The new centre was constructed adjacent to the existing live facility, as well as a primary school, leisure centre and within proximity of a residential area.

Part of the site was also in a flood plain so careful planning and negotiations with Natural Resources Wales was essential to ensure the new building was designed in the optimal location to ensure future development of Flintshire County Council’s new adult day care facility.

With regular communication and collaboration with the Council and hft (who run the facility on behalf of the Council), we designed a building that provided functional and flexible rooms to support the individuals’ development of skills, social interaction and independent living.

A flexible approach was taken in order to improve upon some of the original plans. For example, new calm areas for the adult users both internally and externally were introduced and working with Flintshire County Council, design solutions were provided for the building location in order to make best use of the newly established south-facing outdoor space.

The Impact:

Flintshire County Council now has a state-of-the-art community day care centre, providing important services for vulnerable adults with varying degrees of learning disabilities in the area.

The new single-storey adult day care centre now has a with car park and drop off area to make it easy for people to come to the centre. It also has an enclosed garden and the centre now provides a bright and calming space for adults to learn and develop.

The project was delivered on time due to regular communication and collaboration with Flintshire County Council during the preconstruction stage to ensure that the design met the Local Authority’s requirements.

During the project events were held with students from the neighbouring Queensferry Primary School and from sixth form students at Coleg Cambria, providing traineeships and support to career and apprentice information. During the build, 12 construction students from Coleg Cambria helped paint fences and benches, plastering walls, tidying the gardens and carrying out maintenance duties at Glanrafon Adult Day Care Centre, the existing day care facility in order to improve the building until the new facilities were ready.

" There is a good mix of learners who have never done anything like this before, from painting to plastering and carpentry, learning new skills and developing an interest in pursuing a career in the trades. This is a great opportunity for them and we thank Kier for its support. "
Samantha Moore Senior Development Manager Coleg Cambria

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