Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, UK
Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Architect, Masterplanner, Health Planner, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect
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.
Roker and Mowbray Dementia Care Centre
This unit has achieved truly remarkable levels of dementia friendliness within the constraints of normal NHS mental health requirements. It is without doubt one of the best NHS efforts at dementia friendly design that we have seen. There are a host of little details that all add up to creating a genuinely dementia friendly environment.
Emeritus Professor Mary Marshall
Director, Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Sterling
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.
Gold Standard Design Audit Certification
University Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre