Case Study: Balmoral, Luxury Care Home Case Study

Case study Balmoral, Luxury Care Home Case Study

Client: Northcare

Architect: UNUM Partnership Ltd

Brick Type: Cathedral Cream

Location: Glasgow

Sector: Healthcare

Balmoral, located on Kilmarnock Road in Giffnock, Glasgow, is a purpose-built five star luxury care home set over three and a half storeys.

The neighbourhood is a well-established urban community with a rich and diverse built heritage. The immediate context and surrounding built environment is dominated by two storey residential properties. These are traditional in appearance, constructed predominantly from sandstone with slate tile roofs. This provides a strong and consistent character. The scheme is a simple and robust form that reflects and responds to the surrounding context, enhancing the sense of place. The care home retains the domestic residential appearance associated with care homes but with a more contemporary feel.


UNUM Partnership Ltd

Brick Type
Cathedral Cream



The plan follows a T-shape with two bedroom wings on each floor. The form, incorporating pitched roofs, sits comfortably within the adjacent residential setting. Gables are carefully articulated to provide depth and visual interest. Hipped roofs and set-backs reduce the scale of the building in response to the immediate context. The gable on the prominent corner has been expressed and articulated to create a visual landmark with presence, to highlight the main entrance to the building.

A carefully selected palette of materials were chosen to create a dialogue with the adjacent context. The brick is Forterra’s Ecostock Cathedral Cream, a multi grey-buff facing brick that provides a modern interpretation of the adjacent blonde-grey sandstone of the adjacent residences.

A dark grey fibre cement slate roof cladding mirrors the slate roofs of the adjacent residences. This returns onto the vertical face to contrast with the facing brick and bring relief to the elevations. Dormer windows to the top floor articulate the building eaves, breaking up the perceived mass of the roof.

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