Elderly Day Care Centre Borrisokane Co Tipperary

The building is orientated so that the therapy rooms, all with tall glazed folding doors open onto a large sunny courtyard and avail of the southern aspect. The roof is pitched so that the ceilings sweep up, opening up to the sunlight and views across the fields.

The building is single storey and its scale and mass is considered in the context of the former chapel in order to preserve the hierarchy on the site: the frameless glazed link between the two structures provides visual separation which allows the new element a contemporary aesthetic while respecting the more formal vernacular language of the chapel.

The external palate of natural materials and warm terracotta finishes was selected based on quality and warmth and to impart a domesticity in keeping with the nature of the facility



This striking single storey extension ties-in and compliments the existing building and has achieved the brief objective with its balance of domestic ambience within a healthcare environment.

The bright spacious rooms open onto a courtyard which becomes part of the building and provides a safe environment for patients to enjoy the landscape and evoke the senses and to facilitate communal gatherings for outdoor sessions, therapy etc.

We anticipate that the Elderly Care Facility will enhance the quality of life of its Users and provide not only for the physical needs but also the psychological needs of the elderly clients.

  • Client: Health Services Executives West
  • Stage: Complete October 2013
  • Cost: €1.1 mIllion
  • Nature: Elderly Care
  • Description: This Elderly Care Centre is sited in Borrisokane on HSE lands adjacent to and linking with the existing Primary Care Centre on Convent Lane. The centre can provide care for up to 25 elderly clients at a time, based on sessional service programmes, operating on a daily basis and can also be accessed at weekends and other times as needs demand and resources permit. The facility includes a variety of therapy, treatment and training rooms that provide social and therapeutic activities for the clients from the provision of a mid-day meal to services such as chiropody and hairdressing and including treatments in area of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. The aim of such care is to promote social contact and alleviate loneliness amongst the elderly clients and to offer a safe environment for social stimulation for older people with mild forms of dementia: while offering respite for carers