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Gold Award for Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub

24 January 2020 / Project news

Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub has become the first public building in the world to achieve the DSDC's Gold Award for its dementia-friendly architecture, design and facilities

Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub, Warrington, is the first fully integrated, dementia friendly wellbeing building and public library in the UK.

Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub is an integrated facility. The building includes health, leisure and library facilities for the community. Thedesignconcept worked closely with everyone involved to produce designs that were kept close to the Architect’s original vision for the space. Due to the hub being one of the first public wellbeing buildings seeking Dementia Friendly accreditation, we researched the best practice for designing dementia friendly environments with the aim of getting accreditation from the Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre.

“Careful attention has been paid to the design to enable it to be dementia friendly with consideration of colour contrasts, high levels of natural and artificial lighting, acoustics, furniture and fittings, and signage”

John Walker, Director – Walker Simpson Architect’s LTD

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“Colour affects people physically and emotionally and contributes enormously to an interesting and inspiring environment. People with dementia often have vision problems, including impaired depth perception and altered colour perception, reducing their ability to perceive contrasts. Carpets, wall colour, fabrics, furniture and accessories look much brighter in direct daylight than under artificial light.”

Daniela Hislop, Thedesignconcept