A community hub in Warrington has become the first public building in the world to receive an internationally recognised accreditation for dementia friendly design.
The Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub in Warrington brings together leisure, library, health, and cultural facilities for people of all ages under one roof. Now, the University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), has awarded it the organisation’s dementia design Gold accreditation.
The DSDC is a centre of knowledge and expertise, dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. It draws on research and practice, from across the globe, providing comprehensive and up-to-date resources on all aspects of dementia.
An expert team from the DSDC visited the new community hub and were impressed by the project partners’ commitment to achieving the highest quality of dementia and age-friendly design in the new facility.
The project, designed by Walker Simpson Architects, constructed by BAM Construction, and operated by LiveWire, involved an extensive addition, refurbishment, and partial change of use to the existing community sports complex. Additions included a public library, pharmacy, health consulting rooms, wellness suite, café, conference spaces, meeting rooms and offices.
“The Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub provides a ground-break example of how public organisations, businesses, and the construction industry can make meaningful contributions to maintaining and improving public health and social inclusion within communities,” said Martin Quirke, architect for the DSDC.
“They have been bold in their approach to this project and have tackled several issues which affect wider society – including public mental and physical health, generational and cultural differences, and sustainability. Doing so within the context of shrinking public resources only further underlines the scale of what they have achieved.
“Warrington Borough Council and LiveWire have set a new standard in dementia design quality for public buildings. We hope that this project is an example which other organisations strive to follow.”