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Care Home Extension Architects in Kent and Sussex

Need More Space?

Are you lacking space in your care home, nursing home or healthcare property? Are you looking to extend, renovate or remodel to add more rooms, increase revenue, improve the layout and get a better flow? jhd Architects combine creative thinking with an abundance of experience and technical expertise in this niche sector ensure that your care home designs and plans meet not only your current but future demands.


With an established track record as care home architects, we talk to you to find out how you run your care home and how we can work together to alter, modify and extend your existing buildings to fit your requirements better. As experienced care and nursing home building architects in Kent and Sussex, we have worked on extending, converting and renovating healthcare properties and appreciate that there are exacting planning criteria that need to be met.  

Hartley House, Cranbrook Extended and Refurbished Care Home

Hartley House, Cranbrook

Extended and Refurbished Care Home

As well as adding an extension with 11 new rooms we also created two new courtyards and 2 additional communal spaces we also transformed the entrance to give everyone views of the courtyard from the entrance hall.

As well as fresh bright colours, we also added a wall mural that has been used by residents many times as an artwork area to decorate the space as the seasons change.

The success of this project led to us working with the client on 4 more schemes as their Architects.

The “Internal Street”

The “internal street” should be a bright, colourful and stimulating environment that makes everyday life more enjoyable and interesting for residents, families and staff alike. It's also safe because staff can interact with residents at any time as they go about their duties. Not just a corridor, it's a place to sit, meet and chat with other residents, staff and family. If residents are feeling gregarious, they might choose to spend all day there. If they prefer peace and quiet, they can sit in one of the conventional lounges instead.

Minster Extended and Refurbished Care Home


Extended and Refurbished Care Home

This project is currently on site and is due for completion in autumn 2020.

A key feature of the design is the new "Street" shown here. This will provide interesting additional communal space for residents to sit and interact with the day to day comings and goings of staff and visitors.

Care Home Professional recently featured the Internal Street

Dementia Friendly Courtyards

Our schemes feature "Internal Courtyards" that are dementia friendly, safe and secure. The courtyards let sunlight and daylight into the heart of the home and provide views out. Residents can go out whenever they wish, sit on a bench, look at the planting and do some of their own gardening. There will also be play equipment for visiting grand-children and age appropriate outdoor exercise equipment.

Gravesend Extended and Refurbished Care Home


Extended and Refurbished Care Home

We recently gained planning consent to add 16 rooms around an internal courtyard. The design again features an "Internal Street" that connects the main areas of the home for circulation but also gives residents an interesting environment to follow the comings and goings of the home.

We hope to start work on this soon.

Why choose jhd Architects for your Care Home extension?


  • Add rooms to increase revenue

  • Designs that promote the welfare of residents, families and staff

  • Quality design that impacts positively on the happiness, health, longevity and wellbeing of residents

  • 3D virtual building plans to aid understanding and reduce costs

  • Realistic assessment of the time and costs involved

  • Architects with a proven track record of successful planning applications


Care Home extension architects in Kent and Sussex


Practicality, performance and efficiency are at the heart of our designs to meet the needs of residents, patients and visitors. Whether you have a Care Home, Care Development, Healthcare facility or Nursing Home, you can expect us to push design boundaries and yet meet the exacting standards of Care Quality Commission regulations.  


Our designs connect with the natural setting wherever possible to create a safe and calm environment with great natural light and inspiring views. 


You can expect your healthcare building extension to have:


  • Contemporary design to appeal to families

  • Efficient and functional layouts for higher staff productivity

  • Communal spaces that are easy for staff to supervise

  • Internal streets – an innovation from jhd Architects to aid circulation and flow 

  • Enclosed courtyards to keep residents safe 

  • Design that recognises the requirements of dementia patients


The capacity and occupancy demands need to be balanced with the budget and business efficiency requirements. Adding rooms is the main factor that increases the return on investment and that must also be balanced with the communal spaces and reception area, which will enhance the expectations of the home with families and staff. 


‘Design Magic’ from jhd Architects throughout Kent and Sussex

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