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New dementia friendly centre opens in Warrington

A NEW £16m community facility and fitness centre – aiming to become the first public building in England to achieve University of Stirling’s Gold Accreditation Certificate for Dementia Design – has opened its doors in Warrington.
LiveWire Warrington, the largest provider of leisure, library and lifestyle services in the town, has unveiled the first phase of its newly refurbished Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub after an extensive two-year redevelopment.
The new community facility and fitness hub, designed in collaboration with Walker Simpson Architects, has been specifically designed to meet leading dementia-friendly standards throughout, creating a safe and welcoming environment for people living with the condition.
The building’s new state-of-the-art fitness suite has been kitted out with the latest equipment including Wattbikes, Technogym Skillmills and Climbs as well as IFI equipment that can safely be used by those with cognitive impairments such as dementia.
LiveWire’s managing director Emma Hutchinson said: “We’re proud that this is the first public wellbeing centre in our area with dementia friendly elements at the very front and centre of its construction and design
“We wanted this to be regarded as one of the most dementia-friendly community facilities in the UK so, from the first stages of the design process, we considered all aspects of the customer experience from lighting and layout to signage and colour scheme.
“As our ageing population increases, so will the need for accessible, dementia-friendly environments and we’re determined to lead the way in designing and building facilities that acknowledge this challenge.”
As well as new health services, a fully-accessible swimming pool, sports hall and a new luxury spa are set to be opened at phase two of the project, expected to be later in 2018.

Go backPosted on 9th April 2018