North view showing the new communal building to the right with adapted North-wing on the left Enclosed walkways with ramps leading to the individual living units Interior of the new communal building for residents Typical living unit interior North-east view of the new communal building View of East-wing as adapted to living units Looking South from stoep towards the Atlantic Ocean New communal building Overall view of completed phase 1 repurposing project

Brigadoon Village (Betty’s Bay)

Brigadoon Village

This heritage graded IIIB site, situated in Stony Point along the Atlantic Ocean in Betty’s Bay, remembers a time in history when the South African special signal services were accommodated here in barracks during WWII. Their task was to monitor low flying aeroplanes and German U-boat activity around our coastline in support of the allied forces naval movement.
Phase 1 of this repurposing project involved converting a later building, which was erected to accommodate holiday-makers during the previous use of the site, into facilities for dementia assisted living. The brief required the addition of a multi-purpose communal space where residents will dine, dance and socialise.
The challenge in this adaptive re-use project was how to incorporate the new functional needs of the program and overcome the various statutory requirements which were not required by the previous use.
Phase 2 of this challenging project will involve the rehabilitation and restorative maintenance of the older fabric on the site.


“Raymond Smith assisted us with an adaptive re-use project at Brigadoon Village in Betty’s Bay. His input was extremely valuable and he went to great lengths to ensure that all options were researched and suppliers well informed as to our specific needs. We will definitely make use of his expertise as we develop future phases of our Dementia Village.”
– JC Hanekom



5 February 2018


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