Over the last 20 years, the move from institutional to supported community based care has been a challenge for many organisations, countries and service providers. Working with our partners, the Pietermaritzburg Mental Health Society, Climb Any Mountain is creating a unique, purpose-built residential facility that not only provides a safe supported living space for people with learning disability and mental illness, but also aids the development of social and life skills.
We have called the facility The Transitional Living Centre (TLC) as it aims to provide a stepping stone for individuals as they move from institutional to community-based care, having achieved their personal goals of attaining the life skills necessary to live independently.
As a result, we feel the architecture is critical in blending both social with solitary space to create a true home for all those residents that live there. This vision is getting closer to being realised, with the appointment of Jo Noero Architects.
With Jo on board we are confident of a high quality design, which will also serve as an inspiration and catalyst for future projects across South Africa.
The first TLC will be built on the grounds of “The Palms”, an existing service in Pietermaritzburg run by the PMB Mental Health Society, and will provide residents with the chance to move to a more independent living space within the same building as they develop their skills.