Acorn Village

Special Needs Housing

Acorn Village in Mistley was conceived as a home for life for people with learning difficulties and because of that the buildings must grow and evolve with the residents.


Acorn Village Mistley
Acorn Village Mistley
Acorn Village Mistley
Acorn Village Mistley

From a tiny Acorn the mighty oak...

Inkpen Downie carried out a thorough audit of the existing building stock before reporting on the options open to the community. The conclusion has been to create a ‘state of the art’ special needs house for the elder residents of the village, designed with full client participation.

The project was generated using the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology to help showcase the proposals in 2D and 3D. It was not a specific project requirement but since BIM has become a large part of our standard office workflow we felt that it would help all concerned to better explore, interrogate and illustrate the project’s potential in the third dimension.

The new house has been designed with other specialist consultants incorporating sustainability and functionality at the core of the design. The building fabric is highly insulated in order to achieve a modern, comfortable and calming internal environment for the residents with the external natural materials consistent with the woodland setting to allow the new building to seamlessly settle into its surroundings.

  • Options Appraisal
  • Design Brief
  • Room data sheets
  • Selection of sites and/or buildings
  • Environmental Studies
  • Negotiations in connection with statutory approvals
  • Surveys, inspections or specialist investigations
  • Accessibility Audit
  • Community Architecture Services
  • Party Wall Matters
  • Services in connection with a Site Waste Management Plan
  • Planning Approval
  • Building Regulations Approval
  • Two Stage Tendering
  • Briefing and/or tender documentation for specialist services
  • Negotiating a price with a contractor (in lieu of tendering)
  • Building Contract Administration
  • Monitoring Construction Time Over-runs
  • Selection of Consultants
  • Use of energy in new or existing buildings
  • Value and/or risk management services
  • Compiling maintenance and operational manuals
  • Conservation Management Plan
  • As built drawings
  • Grant applications
  • Site inspections
  • Interim and final valuations
  • Historic Building Consultancy
  • Design for Catering Industry
  • Design for Building Regulations & other statutory controls
  • Full RIBA Service
  • Town Panning
  • Health & Safety Services
  • Design Team Leader


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