BFAW redesigns care home

Architect Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams has been hired by social care charity the Fed to design a £7m redevelopment of a care centre in Prestwich, Bury.

Heathlands Village will include a reconfiguration of the current internal and external areas in addition to the creation of secure sensory dementia gardens and a community area for relatives and carers.

Karen Phillips, chief executive of the Fed, said: "There couldn't be a better time to announce plans for the redevelopment of Heathlands Village than during Dementia Awareness Week. Dementia is a growing problem: over 70% of residents at Heathlands Village are living with the condition, and statistics suggest that this number will increase by more than one third in the next 15 years.

"Given these statistics, it's imperative that we have a facility which will allow us to deliver first-rate dementia care to people in a state-of-the-art environment. We have taken the decision to invest in our care infrastructure now so that, in years to come, current and future residents will be able to live their lives to the full, in surroundings which suit their varying needs."

A tender process is currently underway to appoint a developer for the project. Work will commence on site in September, and is due for completion in early 2015.

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