Learning Disabilities Unit, London E9

This specialist Forensic learning disabilities unit was provided through the refurbishment and extension of one of the Victorian wards at the John Howard Centre in Hackney. The users for this inpatient facility have very complex needs and have often arrived at the centre through the criminal justice system. They can become frustrated and aggressive thus creating the right sensory environment is an important way to help reduce the feelings of stress and anxiety that can contribute to these behaviours.

Sight and sound are major sources of sensory input so careful consideration was given to both the visual and acoustic environment. Visual stimulation can be a source of comfort and joy but can also lead to sensory overload. For this reason, a calming interior palette was used; timber effect flooring and muted pastel paint shades. Sound absorptive ceiling finishes were specified to help reduce noise reverberation and curtains rather than blinds were installed which further softened the acoustic environment, creating a more homely feel for the interior.

  • Sector

    Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Client

    The East London NHS Foundation Trust

  • Value