Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People (QEF) has marked the ‘topping out’ of its new Care and Rehabilitation Centre in Leatherhead, Surrey.
Designed by LOM architecture and design, and built by contractor Buxton, the £15 million centre will provide a specialist care service for people with complex disabilities and neuro-rehabilitation for those with an acquired brain injury. The centre is QEF’s largest ever investment in their facilities and their first new build in the charity’s 85-year history.
Set to open in Spring 2020, the 4,000 sq m specialist Care and Rehabilitation Centre will provide 48 ensuite bedrooms for people with a wide range of neurological and physical disabilities. The centre also includes a fully accessible physiotherapy gym, therapy rooms and recreation, dining and social spaces, all focused around a communal, landscaped quad. Demand for QEF’s services has grown substantially in recent years.
In 2012 the charity supported around 1,000 people and by 2018, this number grew to over 5,000. To continue to deliver the highest standard of care, the charity commissioned LOM to develop a site masterplan to bring together QEF’s expert, multi-disciplinary residential care teams under one roof. QEF’s new development is located in Surrey and residents benefit from its peaceful, woodland setting and close proximity to local towns.
Richard Hutchinson, director of LOM architecture and design, said: “The new Care and Rehabilitation Centre will be an inspiring and tranquil place for residents. Our design balances resident’s comfort and wellbeing with clinical requirements, and is greatly influenced by the centre’s woodland surroundings.”