Set in the historic market town of Shrewsbury, Montgomery House is a 90 bedroom care home reflecting the surrounding land, which was once Shrewsbury’s Territorial Army Centre. The home includes a dementia floor, should a residents’ needs change, to eliminate the need to relocate & disrupt familiar surroundings and familiar faces. There was a lot of emphasis on making sure the result of the dementia unit was homely yet practical, allowing the space to be carefully designed.
The challenge was to navigate the design requirements for dementia, such as the furniture contrast with the flooring, wallpapers couldn’t include large amounts of patterns, and the sympathetic artwork, signage and colours to assist with wayfinding. With all this in mind, we needed to keep the design interesting and soothing to the resident, making sure the environment around them calms them rather than distresses them.