The aim of the centre is to provide medium term accommodation to persons who have been hospitalised with a mental illness and on discharge, are housed in these facilities to allow them to develop their life skills and self confidence prior to integrating back into the community.
The centres accommodate 20 persons in 7 independent living units with an additional administration unit containing office space, assessment and interview rooms and a common area for residents. Each centre has a site area of 5000m2. The centres have been designed to blend into their residential community, and to provide a sense of home for each resident. Care has been taken to create semi private outdoor spaces to each unit.
Considerable thought went into the design of the centres to create a balance between residential character, creating a sense of independence, providing durable, low maintenance facilities and creating a safe environment for both residents and staff. During the design phase the decision was made to provide fire sprinklers throughout the centre to provide that additional level of life safety.
The built form and architectural style produced gives the centres a ‘designer' character, not so much that they will stand out obtrusively but sufficient to give them a unique residential quality which is intended to help improve the self image of the residents.