Newry, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Health Estates

Consultant Architect
Healthcare Planner


Completed 2011

Shortlisted finalist – Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Northern Ireland Awards 2012

Project description:
Carrickore Children’s Home is a new purpose built facility providing respite care for up to eight young people with a disability between the ages of 4 and 18 years. A partnership arrangement between the Southern Trust and Orana Children and Family Centre will offer ‘short breaks’ for children with a disability and their families for up to 90 days per year.

Alongside designers, Donnelly O’Neill Architects, we provided Mental Health Planning. Carrickore is set in its own private grounds around a central courtyard. The innovative structure allows carers to view the doors of all bedrooms from their workstation, while strategically placed “fins” in the glazed wall ensure the privacy of one resident from another.

Residents come together in the enclosed play area and other communal areas including an art therapy room, a soft play area and a sensory room. The unit also includes a therapy room for Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy and Physiotherapy. “Pods” have also been incorporated where children can spend some quiet time. Each has an ensuite bedroom including all necessary adaptations to meet individually assessed needs.

The design’s green credentials include passive heating and cooling utilised in the bedrooms, through thermal mass, thus creating a more sustainable environment.

Mr Paul Morgan, Director of Children & Young Peoples Services for the Southern Trust said, “This is a new and exciting service to further support children and their families within the Southern Trust. Short breaks will now be delivered in a new purpose built premises in partnership with the parents, the Southern Trust and Orana Child and Family Centre.”

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