St Paul’s Care Home

About This Project

St Paul’s Care Home

This project was for the construction of an 88-bedroom care home on a site that was located within a predominantly residential area which required careful consideration on the scale and form of the development. The site was challenging in terms of levels and its constrained nature, which we addressed by creating a building that is efficient for its size and is comfortable with its context.

The design is in accordance with specialised care needs, reflecting current care requirements as well as DDA requirements. St. Paul’s care Centre provides room for intermediate care, residential care, nursing care and care for older people with dementia.

Continuous corridors have been provided around a central courtyard to satisfy the needs of the residents, providing orientation to the bedrooms and social areas.

Importantly, the bedrooms are carefully orientated so they either have views outwards to framed views or to a sensitively landscaped internal courtyard. The courtyard is important to the overall scheme as it provides not just a calm and relaxing sheltered space but creates an area with an emphasis on sensory delight, acting as an extension of the internal social areas. In general, the landscape was treated as domestic in scale.

Sustainability was an important consideration and St. Paul’s Care Centre was designed to consider the following:

  • Rainwater recycling to hydrate the gardens
  • Solar panels are linked to a system which provides hot water for the laundry
  • Efficient level of insulation
  • Recyclable and sustainable materials
  • Natural ventilation where possible.


Construction Value


Residential Care
Care Home, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire