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mhdf magazine digital edition - September 2017

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mhdf is an exciting magazine for professionals involved in the planning, design, construction and facilities management of mental health and dementia care facilities. Against a backdrop of increased service demand, changing models of care, and the recognition that many current facilities are unfit for purpose, mhdf aims to provide information on current design best practice. It also covers government strategy, funding, the latest research, estates management, cutting-edge interior design, and technical insights into M&E, as well as showcasing innovative new products for mental health and dementia environments. Regular comment from architects, analysts and academics shows how all this fits together to improve the efficiency, accessibility and quality of the patient experience.


Editorial encompasses both the internal and external environment, providing an insight into design and specification best practice, as well the latest research into how improvements to the built environment, and service delivery, can enhance the health and wellbeing of patients. Every issue is packed with dozens of topical case studies showing the best ideas in design and most-innovative use of materials and technology across health and social care buildings providing services for people with psychological conditions and dementia. Product areas range from components making up the building envelope to the fullest specification for patient and public areas, including:

Cladding & roofing
Glazing & windows
Privacy products
Vision panels
Building controls
Floors & ceilings
Memory boxes and personalised products
Disability equipment and aids
Wayfinding and signage solutions
Modular buildings
Building envelope

Doors & entry and access systems
Indoor & outdoor lighting
Infection control
Building controls
Heating, ventilation & AC
Fixtures and fittings
Fire safety & security
Carbon reduction

Editor’s note

We are always pleased to receive ideas, articles and high-resolution photography for consideration on any of the above topics, and other areas connected to the design of health and social care buildings and estates and facilities management.

Contact: Joanne Makosinski (

Latest news

Cleaning up dementia design

Cleaning up dementia design  » 

It is becoming widely recognised that the built environment can have a major impact on a person with dementia - both enhancing their lives, and creating unwanted and negative behaviours.

Other news

New ‘nerve centre’ for dementia care

New ‘nerve centre’ for dementia care  » 

A new hub has opened at the Salford Institute for Dementia, acting as a ‘nerve centre’ for research, education and engagement. Faithful+Gould, working in partnership with University of Salford’s estates team, recently completed work on the facility, which was designed by DAY Architectural, with ISE acting as mechanical and electrical services contractor.

US firm leads the way

US firm leads the way  » 

A US elderly care provider is encouraging architects to adopt its ‘market square’ approach to dementia design.

Anti-barricade door solutions reduce risks

Anti-barricade door solutions reduce risks  » 

Good door specification is crucial in any building, but particularly in hospitals, where doorsets need to be easy to use, easy to clean, and fireproof.

Artists help transform mental health unit

Artists help transform mental health unit  » 

World-class artists have helped to improve the environment for mental health patients at a London hospital. Hospital Rooms worked in collaboration with South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust to commission artists to refurbish the Phoenix Unit at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting.

The role of flooring in dementia environments

The role of flooring in dementia environments  » 

An estimated 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, with the number set to rise to more than a million by 2025. Adapting the care environment to respond to the needs of this growing population is therefore becoming increasingly important - with a move away from traditional clinical design, which does little to comfort and support those living with dementia, to more-supportive interiors.


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