Retirement living Project is Finalist in International Design Awards – Healthcare Category


charles avenue-2The Society of British and International Designers International Design Awards, is the equivalent of the Oscars in the World of Interior Design. People enter from all over the World compete for this prestigious title. This year for the first time there is a Healthcare Design Category within the awards.

Diana Celella, is thrilled that her Project for a Retirement Living refurbishment, has been named a finalist. Diana says that ‘she is really pleased that this year Healthcare design has been recognised by having its own category. When people think of Interior Design they often visualise glamorous projects such as high end Residential, Retail and Hotel design. But Healthcare Design is a very important sector in The World of Interior Design and one I feel passionate about. Interior Design is much more than aesthetics, a well thought out Healthcare Design can make a positive difference to the lives of residents, patients and employees, helping to lead to more independent living.


charles avenue-54Abbey Lodge, Nottingham, is owned by Stonewater Housing, it is a Retirement living project. The Challenge was that Abbey Lodge is the amalgamation of two sheltered housing schemes, built in the 1980’s. Next door to each other but separated by a fence with entrances from different roads, resulting in two different communities. A new link building connects the buildings, creating an 88 apartment scheme. The brief was to give continuity to the buildings, bring together the two communities. Both buildings were tired, dated and had an institutional appearance, they needed updating to give a friendly, homely appearance. As a Retirement living scheme, the design needed to be suitable for people with differing disabilities including sight impediment.


Local history and points of interest have been used to integrating the communities, using large digital prints of Nottingham in the 1960’s. Some of the street scenes are split across two sides of a corridor, allowing people to walk through the scene, encouraging the residents to engage and reminisce. The digital walls also aid way finding. A fun element is added to the hairdressers with the 1950’s window scene.


The new link lounge is a vast space, while maintaining flexibility, the area was split into smaller more intimate areas, through use of room dividers, different floor finishes, seating layouts and textural contrast. Practicality was essential, carpet tiles and vinyl flooring used together with healthcare fabrics. Seating was suitable for elderly people, with a mix of back heights to suit people of different shapes and sizes, all furniture was supplied by YTM Furniture. With contrast between floor, walls and seating making it easier for people with sight impediment.


Smaller lounges are colourful and aspirational, giving the residents comfortable areas to meet with friends and relatives.


The success of this scheme is demonstrated by the amount of residents using the lounges and the success of the integration of the residents who are engaging with each other.


The Finalists projects are now all on the website,  between now and 18th September the public are asked to vote on the finalists. 30% of the overall score will be from public vote. Only one vote per IP address counts. If you would like to vote for Abbey lodge the link is


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