Faithful+Gould has completed work on a new Dementia Hub for the Salford Institute for Dementia at the University of Salford. We project managed the scheme, as well as delivering cost management and principal designer services.
Committed to being ‘dementia friendly,’ the university’s Institute is engaged in research and education to support the design and care for people living with dementia. Faithful+Gould was tasked by the Salford Institute for Dementia to create a social space to act as a ‘nerve centre’ for research, education and engagement activities between its associates and the wider community, while acting as a support network for carers.
Committed to being ‘dementia friendly,’ the university’s Institute is engaged in research and education to support the design and care for people living with dementia.
Vital considerations and design details to ensure the Hub is dementia friendly have included wayfinding markings to help with navigation, domestic styling to encourage a homely feel and external ground markings leading from the car park to the space. Elsewhere, the floors avoid coverings featuring patterns or shiny materials that may confuse those living with dementia and finishes to furniture use bright and contrasting colours, while in the kitchen the cupboards have vision panels and there are dementia friendly appliances.
During the design phase all members of the design team became Dementia Friends, which involves learning more about those living with dementia and how it can impact those around them.