Richmond Care Villages are an award wining, retirement village operator who wanted to deliver a brand new development in the village of Aston-on-Trent in South Derbyshire.
The complex consists of 60 care bedrooms, 49 care suites, 76 care apartments and 74 private residential units. The key element of the facility, is for occupants to retain as much independence and choice as they desire whilst helping to retain a ‘zest for life’.
BSD were appointed to provide the detailed mechanical and electrical design scheme for three forms of accommodation, these included:
- Large one and two bedroom, village apartments offering residents an independent lifestyle
- Hotel style village suites
- 24-hour nursing and dementia care accommodation
We were asked to provide a design strategy that would satisfy all the requirements associated with facilities, these included a wellness spa with swimming pool, gym, hair and beauty salon, library, IT room, terrace café, restaurant and garden bar.
Our M&E design had to cater for different levels of care but remain sympathetic to the needs of the residents.
For the dementia care area we paid particular attention to ensure we satisfied regulations but still delivered a scheme that provided a level of convenience within a safe and secure environment. We incorporated a central battery, emergency lighting scheme that is user friendly for residents and the maintenance team.
A predetermined warden call system had been specified by the client. The system had to be operational at different times of the day and in various areas of the site to ensure on-going resident care. Our challenge was to develop a clear understanding of the complicated system. By working closely with the client and operator we were able to integrate the system within our design.
The village will offer residents an independent lifestyle in a socially active, vibrant community, with unrivalled facilities and amenities on-site. Each dwelling will provide convenience and luxurious living set within a countryside location.
The scheme will provide a standard of living that will ensure that individuals can enjoy life to the full, while the Richmond team take care of the resident’s daily responsibilities.