Linden Farm Autism Supported Living

  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy

Application Type

Universal Design

Level of Award

Award

Region

South East

Local Authority Area

Surrey

Information about this scheme

Linden Farm is a nurturing and person-centred setting that also forms an integral part of the local community, that is in no way institutional in feel or aesthetics and enables the assistance of supported living care. The project was initiated as part of Surrey County Council’s commitment to offering services to support people with complex needs to live in their local community. The young people who live at Linden Farm are aged 19-24 and it is hoped that they will live in their new homes for the foreseeable future. There is a wonderful feeling of calm and wellbeing at Linden Farm. This is partially to do with the beautiful village location in Surrey. However, the architecture plays a big part in adding to this sense of calm. The exposed timber walls, large windows, high ceilings and restrained palate all contribute to the quality of light and feeling of space. The building materials are rich in quality and reflect the local vernacular of brick and treated timber boarding, realised in a contemporary style. It is this sense of calm and quietness that helps create a homely environment that is ideal for people with autism and high support needs.  It has a domestic feel, with careful consideration to the lighting, and creating views to the wider landscape. The decision to leave the CLT partially exposed internally was also intended to provide a warmer non-institutional aesthetic to the interior spaces. The durability yet perceived softness of finishes was at the forefront of every decision. The masterplan was developed through extensive consultation with the client, local community and planners.  Many of the young adults at Linden Farm have boundless energy and benefit from a range of onsite outdoor activities to help reduce agitation and anxiety so that they are better able to access the wider community off site. These proposals include; horticulture and agricultural activities, sensory and therapy gardens, walks through the ancient woodland and inclusive basket swing, sunken inground trampoline, basketball and football practice area. Linden Farm was a very difficult site to develop as it was agricultural land, on the boundary of the conservation area and is bounded by protected ancient woodland. However, with careful consultation, sensitively developed proposals and the “very special need” case, the project was successfully granted planning permission. The principles of inclusive design are embedded into every detail of this project, focusing on access being inclusive, safe and flexible so different residents can use it in different ways.

Credits

Client

Surrey County Council

Services Engineer

Ingine

Structural Engineer

Integral

Quantity Surveyor

Playle & Partners

CDMC

Goddard Consulting

Landscape Architect

Breeze

Approved Building Control Inspector

Waverley Borough Counci

Main Contractor

Beard

Specialist CLT Subcontractor

Eurban

Primary Use Class

Sui Generis - Other Use Class not listed above