To help further their work, Helping Hands managed to acquire a disused community building at Millar’s Lane, Dundonald next door to Longstone Special School. The original premises comprised of disused spaces - reception area, large assembly hall, kitchen, toilet, a variety of office space and various storerooms.
The brief was to convert the existing somewhat tired building into a warm, relaxed, safe and welcoming facility. Spaces were reconfigured to meet the needs of the children and accommodate new state-of-the-art equipment in the specialist centre.
In the early stages of the project, we dedicated time to investigate the vital design considerations that would fulfil the needs and operations the group required. As details, plans and specifications evolved, we defined the specification to elements such as the finishes, patterns and colours which are vital to achieving success within an ASD environment.