The Beacon Centre

Project Background

The Beacon Centre is a 16-bed specialist adolescent unit for young people aged 12-17 who may have difficulty coping with emotional, social, family, and mental health problems.

Specialist staff at the centre work to support residents through a mixture of therapy and medication, but they were looking to offer a more holistic approach to their care, which prompted them to get in touch with our sensory team!

The centre wished to transform a previously disused ‘L’ shaped room into an accessible multisensory space. The room’s design would have to be inclusive of all of their resident’s needs; a soft space where residents can calm and relax, as well as offering interactive elements to stimulate and re-energise those who might be feeling low.


Sensory Project Design Brief

  • A multifunctional space that can be used for calming/grounding and stimulating/energising residents.
  • The ability for interactivity so that users can create a personalised sensory experience.
  • A robust, strong and safe design


Our Plan

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It was an exciting challenge to design a space that could be as active as it could be calming, so residents could use the room no matter their mood.

We started by fitting the room with made-to-measure bespoke safety padding, soft grey along the walls, and midnight black on the floor. Although neutral, the shades offer a calming ambience and a contrast that will help users centre and ground themselves in the space.

If users are looking for a calming sensory session, they can lie back on the cosy, vibroacoustic bench set, listen and feel their favourite music, and therapeutically watch the clouds float across the magical LED Sky Ceiling tiles. Or, if they are feeling active, they could get up and explore the 300+ interactive games and activities on the omiVista floor projector.

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Safe & Secure Sensory

Our design team ensured the sensory space was safe for low-risk mental health users to explore independently. Almost all of the sensory resources in the room were securely installed into the room’s ceiling, secure, and out of the way – leaving floor space for movement, exploration and play. Whilst the few loose resources, like the sound system and Solar 250 projector, were safely housed in a cabinet.

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Personal Experiences

Feeling like you’re in control of your surroundings is a key part of the recovery from several mental health disorders – especially conditions like Anxiety or OCD – so we designed this sensory room with individual control and personalisation in mind.

Residents can use a smart device and the MSE Room Control App to transform the space into their personal wellbeing centre. Whether choosing to light the room with the calming glow of the Hurricane Tubes or casting their favourite Netflix shows onto the big wall projector, it allows users the chance to express themselves authentically.

The Beacon Centre is a part of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.

Ruby’s Fund Sensory Bus

Project Background

Ruby’s Fund is an independent children’s charity that provides inclusive support services for children and young people with additional needs and disabilities in and around Cheshire.

We’ve had the honour of collaborating with the charity on multiple sensory projects, from designing and planning their spectacular Sensory Room to helping them secure funding to set up a permanent play space in Congleton town centre.

With their continued success, Ruby’s Fund were keen to expand their services further. They’d noticed that some families struggled to visit the centre because of their children’s additional needs. So, instead of families coming to them, Ruby’s Fund thought, why don’t we come to you?

And this simple thought kickstarted one of our most ambitious sensory projects to date!

Inside Ruby's Fund Sensory Bus

A Sensory Bus

After an impressive fundraising drive, Ruby’s Fund came to us with a proposal for a Sensory Bus – a bright pink, portable sensory room on wheels.

We couldn’t have been more excited to get stuck into the project and turn their magical sensory dream into a reality.

Building A Sensory Bus

From the outside, it might look like a standard van, but on the inside, you’ll find a magical, glowing interactive sensory room where users can play, have fun, and develop their senses.

The sensory bus was designed as a therapeutic space for families to escape to. When you step aboard you are instantly immersed in calming mood lighting. Cosy cushioned benches lined with soft safety padding create comfortable places for users to sit back and explore their senses. Kids can lie against the vibrating bumpas and feel their relaxing proprioceptive stimulation, sit alongside the hurricane tube watching the flurry of floating balls dance around, or let their minds wander to the infinite depths of imagination inside the infinity tunnel.

We wanted to make sure that the bus was inclusive and accessible for all. To achieve this, we made the bus wheelchair-friendly, widening the sensory areas so wheelchair users can easily access all of the sensory resources and installing a ramp so wheelchairs can easily wheel aboard.

What’s inside the Sensory Bus?

  • Bubbling Bubble Tube
  • Twinkling Fibre Optics
  • Vibrating Wall Panels
  • Wall and Ceiling Projectors
  • Tactile Wall and Floor Panels
  • Convex Mirrors
  • Wall Padding and Cushion Seating

Easy to Clean & Covid Safe

Even though the project was commissioned before the covid pandemic, we designed the space to be infection-control friendly and suitable for safe sensory play.

All of the resources aboard the bus are made from robust materials that can be easily wiped clean with antibacterial spray and wipes. Not only does it make the space safer, but it also reduces play downtime, as the bus can be cleaned quickly before arriving at its next destination.

Sensory On Tour

When Ruby’s Fund was forced to temporarily close their centre due to covid restrictions, their sensory bus had a bit of a Cinderella moment, turning into a magical pumpkin-like carriage, ready to take the children to their very own special sensory ball.

Ruby’s Fund rearranged all their centre appointments and embarked on a sensory road trip, visiting the homes of every family who’d had their sensory sessions postponed.

The bus provided much-needed relief, therapy, and a wellbeing boost for families in the Cheshire area.

Ruby's Fund Sensory Bus

Find Out More

Take a virtual tour of the inside of the sensory bus. Use the room navigation tab at the top right of the page to jump straight into the sensory bus. (p.s. you can also explore the sensory room area we designed for Ruby’s Fund too!).

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Blossom View Care is a popular respite home in Sheffield for adults with physical, mental, and sensory disabilities. Offering visitors a space to relax, recuperate and feel more like themselves. After acquiring a large office space, our design and installation team were contacted by Blossom View to help them transform the space into a specialist sensory day centre.

Senseabilities Day Centre needed to be flexible, exciting, suitable for collaborative use, and effectively support users’ physical and mental wellbeing.

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