Stepcare Concept

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 design 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. There should be pictures on the walls and lounge windows should be large and low where possible, so that residents can see outdoors.

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.

SpaceZero 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 with which to market and raise awareness of our joint expertise to prospective clients and investors.

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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° panoramic walkthroughs so that prospects could see and feel the spaces.

The scheme was extremely well received by Stirling University and has specifically helped Stepnell construction and ourselves to now win a contract for South Cerney Dementia Care Home.

“This is a remarkable effort and the client was impressed with the professionalism and dedication of the team to go the extra mile to achieve the client’s goals.“

Matthew Sargent,
Head of Design Management,
Stepnell Construction

“We were greatly impressed by the advantages of combining high quality contemporary interior design with high resolution BIM families of relevant specialist furniture, fixtures and fittings.“

David Brill,
Stepnell Construction

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