"We are excited to open up this new market for the practice"
A Manchester-based firm of architects is expanding into the care home sector for adults with physical and learning disabilities with a series of design projects in the Midlands and London.
Atelier MB has been commissioned by Trusted Hands Care Group for schemes in Solihull and Stoke.
Trusted Hands is a fast-growing operator of specialist care homes for adults with learning disabilities in the West Midlands and Staffordshire. It has its offices in Wolverhampton.
Atelier MB has designed schemes to convert a bungalow on Cobden Street, Stoke, into a care home for six residents and to expand the number of bedrooms at Kenwood Care Home in the city centre.
Kenwood Care Home, which opened last year, currently has six bedrooms.
In addition, Atelier MB has designed a scheme to convert a former bed and breakfast in Marston Green, Solihull, into a care home for six residents.
Atelier MB has also drawn up plans for improvements and a new lift at Mereside Care Home in Olton, Solihull, which has 15 en-suite bedrooms.
Meanwhile, Atelier MB has secured a project in the capital for care homes operator Magic Life, which caters for vulnerable adults with mental health issues, learning disabilities and autism.
The scheme involves the conversion and reconfiguration of two adjacent care homes for the elderly in Woodford Green into en-suite accommodation for 12 adults with special needs.
Andrew Burns, pictured, managing director of Atelier MB, said: “While we have in the past designed projects for a number of care homes for the elderly, we are excited to open up this new market for the practice.
“We have to remember that these are people’s homes after all, and so we are using our extensive knowledge of refurbishment and domestic work to design schemes with optimum efficiency which provide a non-institutional, domestic feel and the maximum design creativity to breathe new life into the properties to the benefit of all residents and staff.”
Trusted Hands director Ben Zion Pereplotchik said: “We are pleased to be working with Atelier MB on our latest projects.
“The team takes a thorough and efficient approach to ensure they understand our needs, and those of our service users, by designing properties which provide them with the maximum levels of care, comfort, security and support in friendly and homely surroundings.”