Thorndale is a not-for-profit charity that provides accommodation, community learning, participation and employment for people with intellectual disabilities and a range of packaging and assembly services for businesses.
The new complex will include: production area & workshop with reception area & offices; large palette storage facility; administration block containing private offices & open-plan workspaces; and a communal amenities block, with lounge, kitchen, WCs & lockers.In addition to this, the site also provides a day programs block: for external user to visit the centre; contains 3 individual Day Program spaces, training kitchen, and a craft room.
Quattro Architecture are providing Lead Consultant services to design and fully document the new centre. This will involve co-ordinating all subconsultant information. Quattro proposed separating the different functions into different blocks, all opening onto a central courtyard space, to be enjoyed by all users (employees, staff & visitors). The original brief asked for toilets and kitchens to be provided in each area, this was rationalised to provide one central, shared block in close proximity to all users.
The different blocks are connected by a central walkway. By raising the roof over this area, natural daylight and ventilation will be able to flow through to the adjacent Production space. Adding solar tubes and roof vents will also ensure this space is well lit and ventilated naturally, reducing the ongoing running costs.