Awards recognise outstanding care home design

Winners of Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2019 are announced

The team from Glebe Farm picked up the Pinders Healthcare Design Award 2019 for Best Design for Younger Adults

Flagship care facilities from across the country came under the spotlight last week at the 2019 Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

Six projects were awarded trophies at the event, which took place at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel.

The winners were:

Best New Care Home – Elderly (Sponsored by Person-Centred Software)

Winner: Willowbrook Care Home, Perry Bar (Willinbrook Healthcare)

Best New Care Home – Elderly (Sponsored by Octopus Healthcare)

Winner: Riverside Place, Ware (The Caring Homes Group)

Best New Care Home – Elderly (Sponsored by Shawbrook)

Winner: Arlington Manor Care Home, Girton (Hallmark Care Homes)

Best Design for Younger Adults (Sponsored by HSBC)

Winner: Glebe Farm, Upton (Kingsley Healthcare)

Best Independent Living Scheme (Sponsored by Heatcare)

Winner: The Hawthorns Northampton (Hawthorns Retirement)

Best Regeneration Project (Sponsored by Chandler & Co)

Winner: The Chocolate Quarter, Keynsham (St Monica Trust)

Hall Mark Care Homes' Arlington Manor Care Home picked up one of the awards

Avnish Goyal, chairman of Hallmark Care Homes, welcomed the award for Arlington Manor Care Home, and a surprise special prize for Outstanding Contribution to Care Home Design, which the provider also took home. He said: “We are absolutely delighted that the hard work and vision of the past and present team has been recognised over the last 10 years, having 11 care homes in the finals and winning Best New Care Home eight times.

“The team is really excited about continuing to innovate for the future and is looking forward to the next 10 years.”

The awards were first staged as a national competition during the mid-1990s and were originally the brainchild of former editor of This Caring Business, Michael Monk, and architect, Nick Borrett.

The competition aims to promote and recognise the very-best developments in all types of care-related property, while the categories seek to acknowledge the contribution made by home owners, designers, and architects to the wellbeing and quality of life of those in their care.

As well as encompassing all aspects of care provision, including developments for the elderly and infirm as well as specialist homes for those with disabilities; care establishments of all sizes, types and locations are given the opportunity of taking part.

And, while architectural standards and innovation are key factors; the overriding test for any project has to be the degree to which it has recognised the needs and desires of the residents and incorporated these into the final design.

The awards also recognise the important contribution made by the owners of all types of care home; irrespective of size or category of care with the judges looking to reward quality of care achieved through quality of design, rather than design alone.

The panel of judges includes experienced healthcare valuers, architects, developers, lenders, and care operators.

Riverside Place won one of the Best New Care Home – Elderly prizes

Caring Homes managing director, Tracey Fletcher-Ray, said of the award for Riverside Place: “At Caring Homes, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional care in the best-possible surroundings, with a focus on person-centred care, clinical excellence and family values.

"To have our newest care home recognised within the care industry in this way is fantastic."

She added: “In 2005 an NHS project found that 50% of people that went to care homes never ventured outside again; yet the positive links between health, wellbeing and the outdoor environment are becoming ever more apparent.

"The connectivity between memory and activity, between self worth and purpose, between happiness and community – these central human issues lie at the heart of our design philosophy for Riverside Place. Simply put, we have placed the residents at the very heart of our design process.”

At the ceremony, the guest of honour was World Cup legend, Sir Geoff Hurst, who helped to raise much-needed funds for the Sporting Memories Foundation, a charity which promotes social interaction for people with dementia using sporting reminiscence as a trigger for group conversations.

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