The Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts new dementia intensive care unit has just opened, marking the largest single investment in dementia care in Norfolk.
The 36 bed care home is for the most seriously ill dementia suffers with extremely complex needs and the home to the Norfolk Dementia Care Academy for care training and research.
The structure incorporates innovative design and three central courtyards around which the bedrooms and living spaces are grouped. The bedrooms have a host of technology and design features to help residents live as independently as possible, for example; stepping out of bed automatically switches on pathfinder lighting.
BIM was used to assist with integrated 3D modelling of the complicated and multi-faceted structure designs, as well as providing early clash detection for the M & E services, allowing for optimum service distribution around the structure.
Natural daylight was considered in the design wherever possible with roof lights in the corridors, day rooms and the majority of circulation space reducing the need for artificial light & energy consumption.
The development contains a number of sustainable features including ground source heat pumps, a green roof, solar collectors on south facing roofs heating the water for use in showers and wash basins and run-off from the roofs collected and used to flush the toilets.
Heat recovery units provide natural ventilation utilising the stack effect method with actuated windows opening on temperature sensors.
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