Philakade Care Home, Embo

In early 2018 we were approached by Mary-Ann Carpenter who we had previously worked with on the Dalton Clinic project (Denis Hurley Centre project). Mary-Ann, through her volunteer work, has had direct experience with the mismanagement of chronic care homes for communities in the Outer West area of Durban. Motivated to provide something far better, she has spear-headed this project for which she has raised all the funding (angels really do exist!). Lead Architects provided the design and drawings for a nominal fee and the project was on site in record time – on a beautiful, but narrow, elevated site overlooking the Valley of 1000 Hills. The brief required a large ‘Florence Nightingale’ wing for maximum number of patients (50 beds were achieved) + communal dining and kitchen facilities, ancillary functions and a residential area for 36 residents. The project has received a steady stream of funding but will be opened as a Phase 1 occupation – ground floor facilities – until the funding has been provided for the 1st floor residential wing.