Go ahead for £8m York dementia care home

Planning permission has been granted for an £8m, 80-bed care home in York.

The project is one of a number of elderly living schemes being developed by architect Penoyre & Prasad.

Penoyre & Prasad Project architect, Richard Schunemann, said: “The building has been designed to avoid any ‘no go areas’ for residents and has access to outdoor space for all, regardless which floor they reside on.

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“With our long experience in designing for people with dementia, combined with application of best practice principles of the University of Stirling’s Dementia Toolkit we have created a safe and comfortable environment, that truly meets their needs.”

The plans include a central outdoor courtyard, café, bar, shop, arts & craft workshop, library, cinema, beautician and hair salon, and gym.

Bedrooms are arranged in small clusters of between nine and 11 rooms, each with their own self-contained facilities, which include a communal lounge, dining area with kitchenette and quiet room. All of the communal lounges and dining areas have large windows and doors leading out either to the central garden or large communal terraces on the upper floors.

The new care home sits within a wider masterplan for the Burnholme College site that includes a community space, health centre and sports facilities for the local community, as well as a new housing development.

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