BBH Win for Dementia Care Scheme

Posted by on November 5, 2015

Flagship dementia care scheme Fremantle Court has won a Building Better Healthcare Award at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Gethin Jones.

The annual awards celebrate innovation, architecture, people, products and services that are helping to transform patient care in the UK.

Judges were drawn mainly from the healthcare sector and included Roy Lilley, a founder member of the NHS Trust Federation, and Sarah Waller, who led the King's Fund's Enhancing the Healing Environment programme for 14 years.

Fremantle Court in Stoke Mandeville, which Hunters designed for The Fremantle Trust and Castleoak, won best Dementia Care Development.

It beat schemes from architects Robert Potter, David Wilson, Pozzoni, and Gilling Dod.

Fremantle Court was described by the judges as “non-institutional, with nice gardens and a light, bright, domestic feel”.

The 90-bed care home has a country hotel feel and is arranged around households of 15 split into groups of seven or eight residents.

Working with Tudor Williams, Fremantle Trust’s specialist dementia guru, the scheme achieved the coveted Gold Standard from the University of Stirling for dementia care design.

Architecture Director James Wallace picked up the award for Hunters. He said: “Fremantle Court is a high specification nursing home scheme that responds to the complex needs of people living with dementia, using technology and carefully integrated spaces in a way that challenges traditional architecture and raises the bar in dementia care design.”

Steve Flanagan, Chief Executive of The Fremantle Trust, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this recognition and are extremely proud of Fremantle Court as a pioneering development, drawing on the latest innovation and creating a high quality home environment which provides tailored support while enabling independent living.”

Pictured above are (L-R): Simon Greenstreet, Customer Partnerships Director, Castleoak; Tudor Williams, Property Manager, The Fremantle Trust; Carole Sawyers, Chief Executive, Brendon Care; and James Wallace, Director, Hunters