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MAAP were commissioned to design a new purpose built dementia care centre at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland that would form part of a dedicated dementia care campus. The project provides two single-sex assessment and treatment wards called Roker and Mowbray, (making reference to the local landmarks), each containing 10 en-suite bedrooms, with an additional 4 rooms accommodated centrally between these wards, known as a ‘swing-zone’. A range of additional shared accommodation for patients, staff and visitors provides a ‘front-of-house’ component. The design of the facility aims to encapsulate the latest findings in dementia-related research. Consultation was undertaken with Stirling University Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) which facilitates world-leading consultancy and research into dementia care and the project was awarded gold standard certification in 2013.


The internal layout is critically important for the success of the project and ward plans have been kept as wide and spacious as possible. This allows staff to effectively observe and engage patients and maximises space for the patient group. The design provides adaptable, open-plan living spaces linked with more intimate, cosy areas for activities and privacy. Each ward is planned around a landscaped courtyard giving patients direct and free access to safe and secure gardens.


Sunderland, UK




Mental Health / Aged Care



Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW)



Lead Consultant, Architect, Healthcare Planner, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect and BIM Coordinator






Completed 2013



University Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) Gold Standard Design Audit Certification 2013


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