Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court care home in the seaside town of Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan provides residential care, nursing and dementia support for more than 70 residents.
Run by RMBI, the home has extensive grounds, including sheltered courtyards, an on-site beach and a sensory garden.
RMBI were refurbishing the front of Albert Edward Prince of Wales Court with a new entrance and wanted to make sure that the area sheltered guests, visitors and residents from the elements.
In particular, the home wanted to create a dry area for its residents who use wheelchairs, as they often got rained on as they got picked up and dropped off at the front door by ambulances and other transport.
The new area needed to complement the new entrance and be a space where vehicles could pull up right next to. The alternative was to build a brick entrance, which would have involved much more work and a bigger budget.
The size of the canopy was the main challenge we faced with this particular installation. It needed to be wide enough to cover the entire new door opening and long enough to reach to the end of the pavement.
Given the dimensions of this canopy, we specified the coliseum version of our popular Connekt canopy, which enabled us to:
Keep the supporting posts to a minimum – RMBI wanted to keep the area looking neat with few obstructions for wheelchair users and less able-bodied residents and guests. We therefore adapted our design to incorporate this key design factor.
Create an accident-free zone – we needed to make sure there was no risk of vehicles hitting the canopy’s front posts, so we set them slightly back and away from the walkway, while still letting the roof project out to the end of the path.
The home’s residents no longer have to worry about the rain or snow as the home’s brand new entrance has been finished off in style.