Situated on the site of the former Throckley First School in Newcastle, Dewley House was a partnership with building contractor Keepmoat to create an assisted living facility in the city on behalf of Castle Leazes Homes. The original brief was to create apartments to support the needs of residents requiring early-stage dementia care or suffering from elderly confusion and cognitive impairment. The aim being that in creating a supportive living environment, sufferers could retain their independence for as long as possible and reduce social isolation.
The successful scheme delivered 42 one and two bedroom apartments with a number of unique design elements to support the additional needs of tenants. This included vibrant colours and decoration on every floor and retro style furniture representing a particular era of interior design on each level to encourage recognition and ease of movement throughout the building. Ease of access was key and there are no doors between the bathroom and bedroom and interior living spaces. All corridors are extra wide and windows in the apartments extend floor to ceiling for as much natural light as possible within in the building.
The final scheme is fully occupied and was shortlisted in the RICS Renaissance North East Awards as an example of a leading residential scheme.