Richmond Fellowship is a registered charity and specialist provider of mental health services. It provides supported housing schemes which comprise shared accommodation where people have their own private rooms but share kitchens and living rooms. This creates a community spirit that can help people develop their independent living and social skills in a safe environment. It is available to adults aged over 18, who are experiencing a mental health problem and have a need for housing related support.
Macallan Penfold were appointed as Architects for the refurbishment of the premises at 35 – 37 Oxford Road Abingdon, a pair of semi-detached residential properties dating from 1874 with later extensions. The purpose of the new building is to provide living accommodation for people while they receive support in their recovery towards greater independence. The project provides 14 accommodation units with en-suite facilities and shared communal spaces. The work included the refurbishment and remodelling of the original Victorian building and an extensions. Two ground floor bedrooms are fully accessible for residents with disabilities, and there is a new separate ‘pod’ to provide separate staff office, meeting and sleeping space.
The conversion and remodelling incorporates significant upgrades to the fabric of the building to meet current standards whilst maintaining and enhancing the character of the original building to provide a comfortable, uplifting and homely place for the residents to live.
The building is set within a large garden that enhances the environment of the home and provides opportunities for the residents to undertake further therapeutic activities.