Award-winning Redland architects create pioneering hospital ward for dementia patients
By YouPR | Tuesday, October 08, 2013, 11:15
AWARD-winning Bristol architect's O'LearyGoss has
converted a ward into a unique holistic environment for dementia patients at
Royal United Hospital in Bath.
minister Norman Lamb toured the £500,000 Combe Ward which opened on Sunday,
designs aim to help people feel more at home and include domestic-feel
furniture, wood-effect flooring, a fireplace, living area, natural artwork and
even the sound of running water, birdsong and a garden shed in the
The use of clear
signage, sensitive lighting and a clock which not only tells the time but what
day it is, are set to help patients with dementia feel calmer and
Architect Jenny Goss, said: "It's been a really exciting project funded by the
Government as part of 'Health Care in a Healing Environment. We learnt a lot
from working with the ward staff and RUH Project team'
"We chose strong, easily distinguished wall
colours to act as visual keys, so patients can more effectively recognize where
they are; one of the walls is a picture of a calming bluebell
In July contractors
Bray and Slaughter started the refurbishment on each of the four bays, with
around six beds that will cater for 26 patients. O'LearyGoss are also set to
design a small cafe and garden for Combe Ward's patients and visitors.
RUH Consultant Geriatrician Dr Chris Dyer
said: "These changes will offer substantial improvements to
the quality of life not only experienced by patients with dementia admitted to
RUH, but their carers and our dedicated staff."
According to latest figures from the Alzheimers
Society there are 800,000 people in the UK with dementia costing £23 billion in
2012 and the figures are set to soar as people live longer.
O'LearyGoss' nine-strong Redland-based team has
designed a number of recent multi-million pound refurbishments in regional
These include the intensive care unit of the
Bristol Royal Infirmary as well as a major refit of several wards there along
with the Eye Hospital and parts of the Oncology centre
Jenny added: "We aim to work to our budget and
finish these very important hospital projects on time as they are vital to the
community and benefit the staff working there."
Other landmark sites O'LearyGoss has been
involved with include Bridge House in Clifton and The Robinson Building in
Bedminster. Their striking modern work at Dorothy House Hospice near Bath won an
RIBA Town and Country award.
The architects are currently progressing
proposals for new visitor facilities on the Grade I listed Clevedon Pier set for
construction in 2014.
more information on O'LearyGoss Architects go to www.olearygoss.co.uk
or call 0117 989 7661.