News Architects Cassidy Ashton Transform Dementia Ward Ellesmere Port Hospital

Chester-based architect Cassidy + Ashton has completed the £100,000 refurbishment of a new state-of-the-art ward specially designed to support dementia patients at Ellesmere Port Hospital, Merseyside.

Developed in conjunction with NHS Property Services and Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the building surveying and planning practice refurbished the Ruby Ward to include a dementia-friendly lounge, complete with a feature fireplace, mock TV, flock wallpaper, memory wall and digital fish tank.

Central to the renovation project is ‘Kate’s Corner’, a small apartment with multiple beds which visitors can stay in comfort alongside patient’s onsite. Designed as a ‘next-step-home’ area with comforting décor, it was named after a former patient who spent six months on the ward.

Dave Owen, director at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “Acting as principal designer on this project, we worked closely with the hospital and trust to identity key requirements for the scheme.

“Whilst redesigning the space, we incorporated designs, colourways, items and finishes that would provide a calming and reassuring environment and ensure comfort for people with dementia.

“Spanning six weeks, the project was carried out in a live hospital environment, so time was taken in the planning stages to ensure minimal disruption was caused.”

This latest commission adds to Cassidy + Ashton’s growing portfolio of healthcare projects, which include the Equine Hospital at the University of Liverpool, the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and Westminster Surgery/Standish Health Hub/ Guttridge Medical Centre.

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