PCKO reveals plans for Camden community centre
PCKO Architects has submitted plans for this new centre providing services for people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health problems in north London.
The Greenwood Place scheme in Kentish Town has a budget of nearly £17 million and will, subject to a successful planning decision in December, complete in 2015.
The architect’s view
‘The design vision is for a space that promotes well-being, a good quality of life and independence, in a safe and secure environment, that is easily accessible for all.
‘The centre will also host Camden’s first ever centre for independent living (CIL) which will give people with disabilities a centre for advice, guidance and support, with the latest equipment and technology to help people live more independently.. The Greenwood Place project is part of Camden Council’s Community Investment Programme (CIP) – the authority’s 15 year plan to improve services and facilities across the borough.
‘PCKO Architects and Camden Council engaged in an extensive and innovative public consultation to determine how the building can meet the needs of a number of diverse user groups with complex needs, working closely with groups representing persons with cognitive and sensory impairments, physical disabilities, persons living with dementia and persons with mental health issues to arrive at an inclusive and accessible design. During the process, PCKO and Camden Council developed a variety of techniques to communicate complex concepts of building design using simultaneous speech to text interpretation, signing, use of tactile maps and models and use of carefully designed ‘easy read’ format presentations.’