Architecture, Design & Innovation

TWO ‘eco-kabins’ at Holmside in County Durham, that will provide respite care to young people and adults with autism and learning disabilities, are reaching completion by architecture and design firm _space group.


Newcastle based _space group was appointed by a partnership of Durham County Council (DCC), the North East Autism Society and the environmental charity Groundwork North East to create the single-storey, lodge-style eco-kabins in an innovative project.

It was a requirement that the buildings be of a high environmental standard and constructed using timber from sustainable sources, and the work be supplied by a local contractor, _space group was selected.

To meet the specific needs of people with autism, the interior design considered colour schemes, layout, accessibility and furnishings in order to provide a bespoke and stylish environment that mirrors the nature of the surrounding farmland.

After the site was prepared the lodges took just one week to…

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