Dementia care home for veterans gets a facelift
A specialist dementia care home in Warwickshire has been refurbished to provide increased support for veterans and their families. J Tomlinson’s refurbishment and engineering team delivered the improvement scheme at The Royal British Legion’s Galanos House. The £2.3m upgrade included the creation of two extensions to support increased capacity, as well as landscaping and parking works. As well as providing 10 additional dementia care bedrooms in the home’s award‐winning Poppy Lodge, J Tomlinson also wor...
Dementia care home for veterans gets a facelift
A specialist dementia care home in Warwickshire has been refurbished to provide increased support for veterans and their families. J Tomlinson’s refurbishment and engineering team delivered the improvement scheme at The Royal British Legion’s Galanos House. The £2.3m upgrade included the creation of two extensions to support increased capacity, as well as landscaping and parking works. As well as providing 10 additional dementia care bedrooms in the home’s award‐winning Poppy Lodge, J Tomlinson also wor...
Inpatient unit heralds a new era for mental health design
The facade features a simple palette of high-quality brickwork that will age well, is robust, and integrates with the materials of neighbouring buildings. And large Britplas Safevent windows—some of the largest the supplier has ever installed, at 2.1m high—address ligature risk and can be opened wide to reveal a fine perforated steel mesh. This allows good ventilation while preventing the passing of contraband. And a brick relief pattern around the window emphasises their size, the pattern handed to crea...
Morgan Sindall Construction wins £19m contract at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospita
Morgan Sindall Construction has won a £19m contract to deliver an extension and programme of improvements to the emergency department at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust selected its main contractor for the scheme through the Southern Construction Framework; a collaborative delivery vehicle run by Hampshire and Devon County councils. Plans were submitted to expand the hospital’s busy A&E last year, due to significant service pressures.  The new build will hel...
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A long road ahead
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Experience-based design
Jo Makosinski speaks to the team at Cygnet Health Care about their novel approach to mental health design, which is transforming the way we think about therapeutic environments
Humanising mental health environments
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