HOMELESS REHABILITATION CENTRE
Dean Park House is a brand-new accommodation and rehabilitation Centre for homeless people located in central Bournemouth. It provides 54 living spaces for those who have lost their homes. This includes: 4 family rooms, 4 rooms for wheelchair users, 8 double rooms, 10 single rooms and 9 spaces for rehabilitation from drug and alcohol addiction. In addition, two of the rooms are equipped with an infant bed for mothers-to-be. Residents have doctor and psychologist support, a common room with a kitchen on each floor and a large social area on the upper floor. The accommodation provides various kinds of support in terms of new ways of living, including the ability to work on site such as in a restaurant or running a shop with their own clothing brand.
The sixth floor is a lounge area for the residents with all the necessary facilities such as canteen, library, computer and lounge areas. Residents can come to the upper floor with a beautiful view to relax and socialize with each other, which is very important in terms of rehabilitation. Moreover, there is a conference room that can be used during meetings or guest speaker visits. To interact with people in diverse kinds of activities, there is a room for physical activity with two climbing walls, a table tennis and yoga mats. The building is suitable for disabled and has two toilets on the sixth floor that are suitable for wheelchair users.
The fifth floor is a rehabilitation floor and has its own kitchen and common room, but does not have any special cooking equipment due to health and safety concerns; therefore, they will have their meals on the sixth floor in the dining area. The rehabilitation residential area is located close to the doctor’s and psychologist’s rooms in case of emergency and they are therefore readily available. Besides the rehabilitation area, there are common facilities on this floor such as a laundry room that can be used by all residents.
The residential floors are located below a shared floor and distributed by client type and needs. The second, third and fourth floors are connected to each other by staircases to encourage people to socialize with each other and move through the space. These residential floors have diverse clients such as single, couple, pregnant and families who have lost their homes. Each room has all the necessary equipment and storage with a personal bathroom. In addition, there are four rooms that are suitable for disabled people and two rooms with an infant bed for newborns. All the floors have similar features such as common room with kitchen, dining and small lounge areas. As the fourth floor is designed for homeless families, there is a play area in the common room. The third floor provides a space for a private lounge area under the stairs with installed shelves for books or magazines.
The first floor is a restaurant served by homeless people where local visitors can come for lunch between their working hours or for a romantic dinner in the evening, giving them an amazing opportunity to work in their own restaurant and raise money. The restaurant has 42 seats and separate toilets, including one for disabled. In addition, there are reception and waiting areas for visitors to be seated in the restaurant hall.
The ground floor is divided into two areas: a public and a service area. The public area includes a reception desk and a waiting area with public toilets. The office area contains a director’s room, an office for eight people, staff toilets and a staff kitchen. The ground floor is connected to the basement floor by three staircases: staff, fire and public that connect the restaurant and shop spaces.
The basement floor is divided into two areas on the ground floor. The most interesting is a shop area that can be seen through the void from the restaurant floor; this will attract people to go downstairs and visit the clothing shop. The shop area consists of the main shopping area with mannequins and product displays, fitting rooms, a storage area and a sewing room behind glass doors, where homeless people sew and design clothes. Demonstrating the process of creating new clothes will stimulate a desire to observe the process and then buy the product. This will also help break stereotypes about the homeless. The service area has lockers, a laundry room and distinct types of storage rooms.