Miners Court was a Sheltered Housing Scheme built by the former Kerrier District Council and had the honour of being opened by Princess Diana in 1985. Following a £1.75 million refurbishment, it is some 25 years later that it is to reveal its true heritage as being the “first jewel in the Crown” of new Extra Care Facilities for Cornwall.
- By spreading awareness through innovative design in the refurbishment and improvement of existing building stock Miners Court is an example of providing for the modern day needs of housing for our ageing society.
- The existing plan of the building is very linear with long sections of poorly lit corridors linking residential units. With a limited budget the emphasis was clearly efficiency which somewhat restricted design to simple improvements through the use of lighting and colour. The emphasis being to create a brighter and somewhat happier internal environment which would have a two fold benefit, by creating zones and recognisable spaces would not only give residents but also visitors a sense of place within the building and also assist with both visual and cognitive impairment.
- Future planned maintenance and improvements have been incorporated into the refurbishment scheme to minimise inconvenience and disruption to the residents, who have remained in occupation of the building throughout the course of the proposed refit.