Dementia Care Village

Written by Chris Race Architect

Jefferson Sheard was commissioned to produce a concept design for a specialist Dementia Care Village in Birmingham. Our vision throughout the design of the scheme was to challenge the perception of institutionalised mainstream dementia care services, by creating a village that embraces the individual, providing an environment that enriches, empowers and supports at each stage of a Dementia sufferers life.

The care village has been designed to provide staged access to EMI care and combines a day care and treatment centre, fifty step-down ‘assisted living’ apartments and a seventy-bed residential care home. Access to outdoor space is vital in any care setting, here, each floor of the development has access to outdoor courtyards, roof terraces and therapeutic gardens. Residents and visitors will have access to a range of additional ancillary care, therapy and leisure services including a hydrotherapy suite and café.

Sector(s)

  • Healthcare
  • Housing

Value
£12m

Client(s)
Private

Size
10,700m²

Location
Birmingham, UK

Design

The design of the village draws upon principles from the research undertaken by the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University and the UK Government’s HAPPI report. The scheme, laid out over four floors of accommodation is designed as a perimeter block, wrapping around the junction of two roads and extending southeast to incorporate the site of a former public house and the adjoining residential terraces. A diverse palette of materials is presented; the façade of the care village creates a canvas where these are brought together, tying context together.

The Team

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