Abbey Lodge retirement living scheme in Nottingham shortlisted for International Design Excellence Award

Abbey Lodge, a recently refurbished Stonewater retirement living scheme in Nottingham for the over 55s, has been named a finalist in the International Design Excellence Awards.

The assisted living project in Charles Avenue, Lenton Abbey, has been shortlisted in the category for Healthcare Design. The winner will be announced at this years’ prestigious Society of British and International Design Awards (SBID) on 27 November in London.

The award recognises the excellence of a building’s internal and external design and whether it is fit for purpose.

Abbey Lodge is an 88-apartment scheme which has been updated from a tired and dated-looking institution to a homely and welcoming living space designed to encourage independent living for older people in the Nottingham community.

The project is the amalgamation of two neighbouring sheltered housing schemes built in the 1980s. A new link building, made up of a series of smaller versatile rooms, connects the two to create one community.

"We’re thrilled that Abbey Lodge has been selected as a finalist in the Healthcare Design category and is in the running to win this prestigious award,” said Sue Shirt, Stonewater Executive Director (West). “Our retirement living scheme has been designed to cater for and meet the specific needs of the variety of Nottingham residents who live here and includes important details such as nostalgic digital prints of 1960s street scenes to encourage residents to reminisce. Carpet tiles, vinyl flooring and healthcare fabrics were used in the construction of the scheme and a range of seating suitable for the elderly has been installed. It’s fantastic to have these personal touches recognised by the International Design Excellence Awards and to be selected as the best in our category would be the icing on the cake.”

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