Kingsley Healthcare’s learning disability home, Glebe Farm, in Upton, Cambridgeshire, is shortlisted for a prestigious design award.
The £3m new-build facility, which opened in October, is one of three homes nominated in the category of Best Design for Younger Adults at the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards in London on March 13.
Glebe Farm, designed to provide support for people who would benefit from living in a peaceful setting, has been commissioned as a home for nine adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.
The building has been developed to the highest standards throughout.
A courtyard has been developed to incorporate a sensory garden and the transformation of the five-and-a-half acre site to include such features as a wildflower meadow, orchard and family farming facility is under way.
The Pinders Healthcare Design Awards, established 20 years ago, aim to highlight the importance of design to the quality of life and well-being of residents in care homes, hospitals and other care schemes.
Chris May, director of Kingsley’s specialist services arm Isiss, said: “We are delighted to be in the final of this prestigious award.
“Glebe Farm was designed to provide accommodation and support for people with a learning disability and very complex needs.
“The design specified that the site must meet the requirements of the people who will live there, as the layout and construction has a big impact on people’s wellbeing, affecting their progress, safety and behaviours.
“We selected Glebe Farm as it provides a peaceful and quiet setting with plenty of outdoor space, enabling people to feel safe and secure.
“The final design was very carefully thought out to ensure that the needs of anyone who is likely to live there can be met with minimal alterations. We are proud to have built a facility that is undoubtedly one of the best of its type in the country".