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Aylesbury Day Opportunity Centre

The first day opportunity centre to be delivered for Buckinghamshire County Council, the Aylesbury Day Opportunity Centre consolidated the local day services for the elderly, those with dementia, adults with Autism and other learning difficulties, and those with disabilities into one unique facility. The new centre provides facilities to enable users to learn in the most appropriate way and to provide respite to full time carers and families. The Aylesbury centre is the largest of the five planned, and the first to open. It is the first to provide facilities based on the council’s new model of care, combining services to improve the quality of care and to gain efficiencies for the authority.

This is the first of five centres and provides a template for the centres on site and in planning. The team have learned lessons that will be taken forward to subsequent projects.

The activity rooms form the core of the space, which envelop an external courtyard; secure outside space for activities and enjoyment. Internally, the different spaces have been developed for different users to ensure the best service. Those with Autism have their own area, which is separate from those with dementia. The activity rooms provide spaces for wet and dry activities and craft, and a training kitchen enables the users to learn skills to care for themselves. Two sensory rooms allow a calming and relaxing environment to support those who are agitated or with severe anxiety. Other rooms provide spaces for users to see medical consultants and other services such as hairdressing.

The team have future-proofed the centre by enabling different zones of the facility to be separated off. This also allows the local community to rent some of the space securely without giving access to the whole site.

The centre has been built using robust materials, and curved walls to keep the spaces as open as possible and improve sight lines.


PROJECT CONTACTS:

ARCHITECTS:

Robert Gittins


DETAILS

CLIENT:

Buckinghamshire County Council

LOCATION:

Aylesbury

STUDIO:

Oxford

TYPE:

New Build
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VALUE:

£2.7m

SERVICES:

STATUS:

Complete

AWARDS:

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