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Crafting a new space to care

The Lakes Care Centre : South Cerney

What makes life easier for dementia patients? Light, colour and visual cues can all play their part. Space Zero is the UK’s first interior architectural practice to produce designs for a virtual care home interior in BIM Level 2 that meet a newly launched industry standard.

Stirling University has developed a set of robust design standards for care organisations that aspire to provide the best in class for dementia sufferers. When designing the environment, special attention must be paid to lighting, to colour contrast, orientation and signage and to communal areas. The care-home must feel just like a home, with domestic design cues to daily living, such as a fireplace and traditionally styled furniture, and large, low windows.
 
Care-home designs that meet and exceed these and many other detailed requirements can be awarded Stirling University’s ‘Gold’ ready accreditation for dementia design.

Space Zero is the UK’s first interior architectural practice to produce Stirling Gold–ready designs in BIM Level 2 and we recently collaborated with Stepnell Construction to create a virtual care home interior. We treated the virtual home like a real project, defining adjacencies, planning space usage and proposing fixings, furniture and equipment. We also produced look and feel mood boards and high-end 360 degree panoramic walkthroughs so that prospective clients could see and feel the spaces.
 
The scheme has helped Stepnell construction and Space Zero win a contract for The Lakes Care Centre.

“We were greatly impressed by the obvious advantages of combining high quality contemporary interior design with high resolution BIM families of relevant specialist furniture, fixtures and fittings.
 
The subsequent ability to use interactive, state of the art computer generated imaging to illustrate the interior of the building to potential users is a major selling tool and a significant factor in improving the efficiency of the design process and in getting ‘sign off’ of design proposals.
 
Space Zero have recognised and invested in the opportunity to transfer their considerable expertise in the Care Sector. In developing the StepCare product with Stepnell, they have embraced the specific challenges of combining interiors, furniture, fixtures and fittings with the latest in specialist dementia design practice, furthering a unique proposition in the market.”
 
David Brill, Director, Stepnell Construction.