Urban Edge Architecture

Urban Edge Architecture is a fast growing practice based in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Our core specialism is retail lead urban regeneration however our years of experience have developed a diverse portfolio of projects in care and retirement living sectors.

Updated:
4 January 2017
Location:
East Midlands
Sectors:
Other
Local Alliances:
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Dementia Action Alliance , Northamptonshire Dementia Action Alliance , Nottinghamshire Dementia Action Alliance , South Lincolnshire Dementia Action Alliance , Lincoln Dementia Action Alliance, Lincolnshire Network

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

As Architects Urban Edge can support the National Dementia Declaration and Dementia Action Alliance through our designs for the built environments.

People with dementia can be sensitive to their surroundings and the built environment has an important role to play in the quality of their life. We believe that good design can create practical and aesthetical environments that positively influence the quality for life of people with dementia and those who care for them. 

We develop our designs through consultations with care providers and carers to translate their experience, expectations and requirements into a built form that can positively influence the residents well-being lifestyle and decrease the everyday problems and frustration that comes with dementia. Design influences behaviour, attitude and well-being.

We believe that good design influences quality of care, effectiveness of service delivery, efficiency of operations, and most importantly, quality of life. Design reflects the values of those who create it and their aspirations for what will transpire in the space.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Challenges that we face include not only a need to enlighten care providers and local authorities, to the benefits of dementia "friendly" design but also a  need to introduce dementia "friendly" design on all building types and to the built environment generally. A continuing major challenge is that the necessarily large infrastructure needed to service the health and residential needs of people with dementia in an economically viable manner, can become institutional. 

 

2. Actions

  • Research

    Currently we are visiting existing examplar schemes located in the UK, Germany and Holland. The aim of Urban Edge's approach is to get to know which care and retirement living models create a homely, non-institutional environment offerring great levels of care and independent high quality living. 

    Status:
    Case study

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Innovative Scenarios for Care and Retirement Living

    Urban Edge is deloping scenarios for differrent types of care and retirement living solutions. The scenarios we are developing differ, just as people and their needs differ. 

    Status:
    Case study

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Meetings with relevant entities

    Urban Edge is organising meetings with care providers, Local Authorities and other people who are concerned with the cause.

    Status:
    Case study

    2016 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New Member