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Tollcross care home officially unveiled

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March 14 2014

Tollcross care home officially unveiled
Collective Architecture have unveiled a £4.2m specialist care home on Tollcross Road, Glasgow, offering support to people recovering from alcohol related brain damage (ARBD) alongside family housing for social rent.

ARBD sufferers display dementia-like symptoms though are typically younger and more physically able, prompting Collective to seek design input from the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling.

This collaboration informed a non-institutional approach by avoiding the windowless corridors and dead-ends.

Built for Loretto Housing Association the scheme provides rehabilitation for people discharged from hospital, as a stepping stone toward supported accommodation. This takes the form of 22 single person studio flats, accessible via individual front doors from a communal courtyard.

Scottish minister for public health Michael Matheson said: “I am extremely impressed with this excellent purpose-built facility, which will offer a high standard of care for people with enduring mental health problems and alcohol-related brain damage, helping them with their very specific needs so they have more confidence and improved self-worth as well as feeling less alone and isolated.”

Photography by Tom Manley.
Accommodation is split over two levels to minimise disorientation of residents which can arise from exposure to large groups
Accommodation is split over two levels to minimise disorientation of residents which can arise from exposure to large groups
Communal areas are designed to be domestic in character
Communal areas are designed to be domestic in character

Courtyards maximise natural daylight and outdoor amenity space
Courtyards maximise natural daylight and outdoor amenity space
The care home occupies the site of a former primary school
The care home occupies the site of a former primary school

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