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Bruce Lodge Dementia Care

client / site location:
Borough Care Ltd, Offerton
April 2019 - February 2020 (42 weeks)
JCT SBC 2016 without quants; lead consultant for MMD team
value and scheme:
£2.2M. 20-bed extension plus new entrance & partial re-modelling

Design award winner, ‘Best Regeneration Project’, Pinder’s Health Care Design Awards 2022

Owned and operated by Borough Care, Bruce Lodge is a brickwork and pitched tiled roof constructed 47 Bed residential dementia care home, providing En-Suite bedrooms and support accommodation. This Greenbelt site is located on a generous 0.68 hectares, allowing with intelligent intervention and partial internal re-arrangement, 20 additional En-suite bedrooms and a separate single storey new entrance extension.  

The new bedrooms are arranged around an open plan ‘Household’ model of communal living facilities, embracing the most recent research and key dementia design principles by the Dementia Services Development Centre and Stirling University’s published Dementia Design guidance. Fundamental to this care model is the sense of openness and navigation around the spaces. The design incorporates open plan living by removing traditional corridors that provide access to bedrooms. This is un-orthodox in terms of fire safety compliance, but highly beneficial in a social and behavioural context. By incorporating a water mist fire suppression system, a robust fire management strategy and the supporting consultant appointment of Exova Warrington Fire, an open plan layout can be achieved.

What is good design for people with dementia is good design for everyone. The Bruce Lodge extension aims to compensate for impairments with old age, maximise independence, reinforce personal identity and enhance self-esteem and confidence. It aims not only to allow the control of stimuli, but also demonstrate care for staff, be orientating, understandable and welcome relatives and the local community. Therefore externally the architecture has a simple, warm design language that reflects the existing building’s Greenbelt location. It does not attempt to replicate or pastiche over-sized residential vernacular design, but offers a contemporary solution against the backdrop of the existing building. The proposals are a rational response using contemporary materials such as aluminium framed windows.

It is well documented and accepted that the UK has an ageing population and there are currently in excess of 800,000 people (and rising) living with dementia. Dash look forward to helping these people live in the most appropriate facilitating spaces possible.