Claremont Medical Centre
The design is based on the innovative 'Teaghlach' model – meaning household with smaller clusters of in-patient accommodation with an interactive social environment being prominent in the care plan. The demolition of the compromised 1980's elderly care home on the site allows the new facility to optimise the prime street frontage location and link to existing dementia facilities thus maximising co-location synergies.
A literal interpretation of the household model the 80 residents are grouped in clusters of 8 in an environment that promotes and exceeds current HIQA standards, with the majority of the accommodation as single bedrooms. Each cluster wraps around an internal atrium space and at the upper levels has access to cascading external courtyards and roof gardens. Following the Teaghlach principles the residents move between the residential and therapy areas which are seen as distinctly separate environments.
A clear plan of four distinctive elements each interconnected with a racetrack circulation network ensures clarity of self-reading function and way finding – crucial in an environment such as this. The module is expressed externally with a simple terracotta rain screen punctuated by glass curtain wall and patient balconies. The exterior gardens read with the internal atria and courtyards reading as one and harmonising the clinical and residential function.