Quattro has over 20 years’ experience creating award-winning architecture for the Later Living and Care Home sector across the U.K.
Our Sustainable Design provides a high level of specialist support, including Dementia Care, within bespoke and small-scale settings, as well as in larger Extra Care schemes.
With specific attention to accessibility and adaptability; we create highly supportive environments, not barriers, promoting independence and autonomy, not control.
Our Dementia Care Design team has recently achieved international acclaim for Amber Wood. This state-of-the-art Dementia Centre of Excellence is showcased in ‘Architecture for Dementia Stirling Gold 2008-2020’, published May 2021 to celebrate the enhanced quality of life - through design - for those living with dementia.
*Stats from Housing and Care for Older People - A report from an Inquiry by the APPG, 2021
In touch with the latest research across the UK, Quattro’s Specialist Dementia Design:
Creates beautiful homes (not spaces) for life
Supports and encourages independence and autonomy
Puts indoor and outdoor meaningful activity and social interaction at the heart of every design
Recognises covered, sheltered outdoor space is crucial for wellbeing throughout the seasons
Increases acoustics in communal areas to create a quiet, calming ambiance
Raises lighting levels in specific areasfor better vision, reading, orientation and safety and also to allow for a better understanding of the surrounding environment
Embraces lessons learned from Covid about infection control including, the importance of good ventilation and separate entrances and exits for staff, patients and visitors
Induces calming, familiar and supportive environments, easing wayfinding, orientation and decision making, reducing agitation and promoting wellbeing
Recognisestechnology-enabled support can enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia
Ensures safety is a paramount consideration
Amber Wood - Case study
Amber Wood residents are part of households that have been individually decorated to aid orientation and way-finding, with sound and acoustics sympathetically designed, and lighting selected to give a modern, yet homely, feel.
The household itself has a domestic style layout, with an open plan kitchen where residents are encouraged to engage in meal preparation and cooking.
"To be able to deliver this level of care in a Stirling Gold Standard facility is fantastic. To achieve Stirling Gold Standard means that every aspect of the building, from the layout, right through to the smallest details such as the position and the colours of doors, the location of furniture, even the colour and design of the individual bathrooms have been specifically created to support people living with dementia."
Maxine Espley, Executive Director Accord
The dining area is split into both large and small spaces, giving the households flexibility to have mealtimes either together, as a group of 4-6 people, or as individuals, depending on the residents’ personality and confidence.
Each household is arranged around an internal courtyard with a peripheral corridor route, having the desired effect of subdividing the 15 care bedrooms with two means of access, providing natural destination points along the route. Two means of access to the courtyard from the corridor, allows for an intimate, secure and enclosed garden area and can be part of a resident’s circuitous routes.
The contemporary lounge provides generous space standards, with a separate cinema room enabling the lounge to be TV free, whilst the “snug” offers a quieter meditative ambiance.
There are activities available for residents to either engage in groups or pursue their own interests in smaller communal areas, or even in their own private rooms.
In addition, the ‘Hub’, which sits at the heart of the building, offers a range of facilities including a small shop with café, hairdressers and meeting room, adding to the enrichment of the scheme.
Equally important is the main garden area which is extensive and secure, designed to provide intimate spaces associated with each household, note the first-floor household have their own roof terrace garden. Residents have the freedom to wander throughout the garden area with seating areas strategically located along the route and at all destination points.
"Very few homes achieve this standard and we are truly delighted to be able to provide this level of care and accommodation here at Amber Wood."
Maxine Espley, Executive Director Accord
Quattro’s Dementia Care Design & Architectural Expertise:
We provide a strong and positive lead on all projects
We have delivered schemes directly to Councils, who often undertake them as part of Section 106 agreements agreed with planning authorities
Our extensive experience through every project stage includes the development of Client Briefs and Feasibility Studies, as well as close collaboration with Contractors to deliver projects on site
Our Dementia Design clients include Private Specialist Providers, Housing Associations and Developers
Our detailed knowledge of varying construction types includes traditional masonry, timber framing, metal framing and (MMC) including Modular Units for rapid, sustainable and viable design solutions
Our associated specialisms in Landscaping and Historic Conservation mean we are well placed to develop successful projects in sensitive settings
We are committed to achieving the next generation of Net Zero Carbon Care Homes and have been delivering sustainable design since 1984
Quattro’s certified Passivhaus Designers are in-house
We have developed electric-only solutions and regularly undertake energy studies to help ensure schemes will meet the demands of the climate emergency and be more cost-effective to run and maintain