Hydrotherapy Pool, Standish


Client: Millennium Care
Services: Architecture and Interior Design

Year: 2021
Status: In Development
Project Type: New Build Extension
Project Value: £0.5m

Millennium Care Group appointed ACA to design a Hydrotherapy Pool to complement their care home in Standish. Moreover, we designed a therapeutic, relaxing and elegant “SPA experience” for the residents.

Project Brief

Millennium Care Group appointed ACA to design a Hydrotherapy Pool to complement their Lakeside Nursing Home in Standish. Moreover, we designed a therapeutic, relaxing, and elegant “SPA experience” for the residents.

Project Background

Recently we have designed Millennium Care’s new Lakeside Nursing Home in Standish, home to the new Hydrotherapy pool.

Our Design

Thanks to ACA’s expertise in dementia-friendly design, our proposal is both suitable for residents with dementia and aesthetically appealing.

Thus the theme is to bring nature in via materials selected with a “natural feel”: split tiles, wood finish floor vinyl, green walls, and landscape pictures.

Materials

Firstly, cladding panels on one of the pool area walls will feature a landscape picture of the Lake District. Thus aiming to stimulate the residents’ memories of their childhood / young adulthood spent in the nearby region.

Secondly, the flooring selection is a dimpled, sand colour surface vinyl to complement the impression of being “amongst nature”.

Thirdly, behind the shower area, we selected cladding panels to achieve an optimal colour contrast in terms of LRV (light reflectance values).

Furthermore, we selected split-face tiles on the remaining walls, creating the impression of a rocky wall. Also, we introduced elements of biophilia such as preserved moss/living moss ‘paintings’ to achieve the ‘natural feel’.

Finally, sound-absorbing panels alternate with the moss paintings to create appealing visuals whilst absorbing noise distractions.

“As a client, we feel very privileged and fortunate to be learning from the vast experience and knowledge of Alex as an architect with a high level of expertise in designing enabling environments for those with cognitive impairments. He has an exceptionally strong understanding in what matters most when designing a built environment for those with dementia and ensuring that his designs are at the pinnacle of ensuring positive lived experiences, maximising independence and creating environments that are shaped by rich and meaningful engagement.”

Omair Haider – Managing Director, Mellennium Care

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