Mayflower Court

Project: New build dementia transparent                   care home - Southampton

Client:   Anchor

Award:  Pinders Care Sector Awards                         Finalist - Best Care Home 2015

The brief was to create a state-of-the-art healthcare environment with the appearance of a high quality residential property, rather than an institutional setting. The vision was to facilitate the delivery of a standard of care that is dignified, personal and encourages an active and independent life.


This vision forms the central philosophy running through Mayflower Court’s design. To streamline the planning process the home sits on the footprint of the demolished sheltered housing scheme which facilitated the creation of south facing landscaped gardens. The bedrooms facing west are angled to the south to ensure greater natural light and mitigate any potential overlooking to the neighbouring property.


The design provides 72 bedrooms split across four storeys. Each bedroom sits within a small eight or ten bedroom cluster, centred around communal facilities. A range of bedroom sizes cater to client and market requirements, with each en-suite future proofed to suit customers’ developing needs. On the top floor the ceiling profile follows that of the roof to create vaulted ceilings creating a sense of space and grandeur and offering wider views across the landscape.


Mayflower Court is designed to be dementia transparent throughout, with colours, patterns, layout, furniture and fittings suitable for all. The second floor has been fitted specifically to simplify day-to-day activities for those living with dementia, including features such as light guidance technology.


The scheme was a finalist in the Best Care Home category of the Pinders Care Sector Awards 2016.


Key element: Considered design on existing developable footprint. 

This project was delivered by Duncan whilst working at Atkins.


Steve Townsend

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