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Innovative design may lead to award

A NEW care home in Solihull which opened its doors to the public in August last year, has been applauded for its clever design and could be in the offing to pick up a top award in a prestigious competition.

A NEW care home in Solihull which opened its doors to the public in August last year, has been applauded for its clever design and could be in the offing to pick up a top award in a prestigious competition.

The Royal Star and Garter Home in Monkspath Hall Road, is a finalist in the Healthcare Design Awards 2009 organised by Pinders, a company in the consultancy and building services industry, after its building was commended for its modern state of the art facilities. Designed by architects Scurr & Partners, the building run by the Royal Star and Garter charity, provides nursing and therapeutic care for 60 men and women with dementia or who are physically disabled and have served in her Majesty’s Forces for a time or are the spouse, widow or civil partner of an ex-Service person.

Its facilities include a large dining room, a cafe, bar, therapy and activity rooms for group activities and exercise, a library and computer area, a hair and beauty salon, a sizeable graden and a separate sensory garden, all set close to a park.

The home beat off 67 competitors and is one of only three entrants to be selected.

Last week staff were presented with a certificate and cheque for £500 for being a finalist in the contest.

Pauline Shaw, director of care and service development, the Royal Star and Garter Charity, based in Richmond, Surrey, said: “We are delighted that our new building has reached the finals of these prestigious awards. Whilst our first priority is to provide our residents with outstanding quality of nursing care, it is a pleasure to be able to do so in such stylish surroundings with state of the art facilities and we are hoping that the judges will appreciate this.”

The winner of the architectural prize will be announced at a special ceremony in April at Lords Cricket Ground in London.

 

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