The Crystal Centre

sanctuary / wellbeing

This scheme was a new build project on a green field site accommodating a 34 bed facility for older adults with dementia and Alzheimers.

The facility consists of a day care centre and inpatient facility, housing treatment and consulting rooms, therapy suite and ADL kitchens. The layout of the building is split into three – day hospital, organic illness and functional illness. All wards are joined by shared double height day spaces with links to the courtyard gardens where patients can interact.

The design of the interior is specially tailored for dementia patients. The use of colour, layout and memories help the patients to navigate around the building. Careful consideration of service needs led to the simple layout of the building. Not only by maximising efficiency by offering one site, one building solution, but by looking at generic room designs and ergonomic linkage between wards and support services.


Key Points:

  • Dementia Friendly,
  • Organic and functional design,
  • North Essex Older Adult Unit,
  • Landscape Design