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Title: Grouped flats and flatlets for old people: a study of problems relating to the design of dwellings
Author: Thomas, R. J.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3525 544X
Awarding Body: U.W.I.S.T.
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 1978
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This project examines problems experienced by tenants in relation to the design of purpose-built local authority grouped dwellings for old people - mown also as 'sheltered housing'. The study is structured around analysis of 'zones' in dwellings, namely: (a) Living areas (b) Sleeping areas (c) Cooking/meal preparation areas (d) Sanitary areas (e) Ingress/egress areas (ie the point of entry to a dwelling) A sample of 105 flat and flatlet dwelling units in South Wales were visited by a team of fifty five undergraduate fieldworkers from the Welsh School of Architecture, UWIST, Cardiff. Data was collected by means of interviews with tenants and by making detailed scale drawings of the dwellings concerned, including: (1) The plan layout (2) Furniture arrangements (3) The location of fittings (eg plug sockets, light switches, emergency call devices, heating controls, window catches) (4) The type and location of equipment (eg, washing machine, refrigerator) The interview schedule did not focus on predetermined and set issues, but was designed to encourage respondents to describe problems which they experienced in connection with the design of their dwellings. Problems relating to space for activities and access t? fittings were identified from the graphical data by applying specific spatial criteria which were developed during the study. The analysis of findings enabled conclusions to be drawn on: (a) Space requirements for different zones within dwellings (b) Types of zone - eg, separate bedrooms versus bed recesses (c) The type and location of fittings in zones The implications of findings are that two person, one bedroom dwellings which are spatially adequate for old people can be achieved within the current mandatory overall space standards (MOHLG 1969B pp 5-6) for 'Category l' flat dwellings (ie 47.50 square metres). But analysis of the data suggested that single person bed sitting rooms are not suitable for elderly people. It did not seem that a spatially adequate one or two person dwelling could be achieved within current mandatory space standards relating to 'Category 2' dwellings, namely:
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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