A complete refurbishment and extension of an existing ward in Lewisham for 18 older adults was carried out in phases during 2011. Close consultation with the clinical team addressed compliance issues for Privacy and Dignity and the requirement to provide a high care suite. A new interior design for the ward assisted wayfinding and provided an enhanced therapeutic environment.
The refurbishment included a new open plan nurse base that was designed to provide a more welcoming reception space whilst improving observation of the ward. The extension included the redevelopment of existing spaces to provide a new communal dining area and external terrace with views over the adjacent park.
The phased construction works allowed much of the refurbishment to take place whilst the ward was occupied following a carefully considered Health & Safety plan.