Greenwood Centre for Independent Living
Kentish Town, London

PCKO won planning permission for this new Centre for Independent Living (CIL) for the London Borough of Camden in 2014. The new Centre for Independent Living provides learning, training and rehabilitation activities including teaching space and IT resources, arts and craft activities, personal care and physical fitness, as well as opportunities for social enterprises including a training kitchen, café and gardening services. This accommodation will provide training opportunities to help people back into employment and supports social care services in the borough for young persons and adults in the community. The Centre will support people living with sensory and mobility disabilities as well as people with dementia, learning disabilities and mental health problems. In addition, it will provide new services for younger people with profound and multiple learning disabilities and autism.

To develop the brief, PCKO and LB Camden partnered in an innovative consultation with care specialists and end-user groups to explore ways that the building could fully meet the diverse and specific needs of all the users involved.

PCKO developed a variety of techniques to communicate their design concepts: using simultaneous speech-to-text interpretation, signing, use of tactile maps and models and the use of carefully designed ‘easy-read’ format presentations to facilitate the consultation with a remarkable degree of success.

Project Information

Client: London Borough of Camden
Duration: 2011 – ongoing
Location: Kentish Town, London