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Meads House, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Project Name: Meads House specialist dementia care home

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Year: 2018

Status: Planning approved

This grand, detached villa built at the turn of the 20th Century sits in the heart of the Meads Conservation area and is now a specialist dementia, residential care home accommodating 16 full-time residents. However the home is in need of updating with the priority being to improve accessibility to the rooms and the garden. Also, funding cuts mean that the home needs to accommodate more residents to secure the long-term viability of the business. All this needs to be achieved while remaining respectful of this historic conservation area.  
MAB architects developed a contemporary design that used a section of the existing rear garden to create a sunken courtyard of new accommodation. To avoid visual impact, the new building has been set behind the boundary wall, so it won’t be visible to the public or neighbours from the rear of the property. The “L” shaped design of the extension ensures that all the new bedrooms will face onto the courtyard garden which is designed to promote social interaction and encourage all residents to enjoy the space. This new building will also have an extensive, wildflower green roof, to help it blend in with the garden and surrounding context. The garden itself will be re-designed in a Japanese style, with carefully selected planting to maximise a peaceful environment and sensory stimulation.
MAB architects consulted extensively with the Eastbourne and Lewes conservation team throughout the process, with both the Eastbourne Planning committee and Conservation advisory board who deemed the design to be ‘exemplary’.

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