South House, Broadway, Edinbugh

This new facility for Ark Housing Association provides residential accommodation and specialist care for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The building has been designed to have a domestic rather than institutional quality to it and this is achieved by the absence of corridors and offices and by careful design of the interior finishes and fittings.

Timber frame was chosen as the main structural element of the building. The main reason for this decision was that the period available for construction was limited and the advantages to be gained by prefabrication were significant. There is a subtle complexity to the geometry of the building which provided a challenge for the timber kit manufacturer. The interior layout has been designed to remain as flexible as possible to accommodate the anticipated future needs of the occupants which could include the requirement for lifts and tracking hoists.

This project benefitted from the considerable Health Care project experience of both the Architect and David Narro Associates.