Lydia Eva Court

A groundbreaking £7m Dementia Care scheme which draws upon cutting edge dementia research and European precedents to allow people with dementia to live as independently as possible.


NorseCare Ltd
Gorleston, Norfolk
July 2014
Main contractor – R.G. Carter

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The vision of the scheme was to challenge the perception of mainstream dementia care housing and its common institutionalised feeling, by creating a place that embraces the resident, providing an environment that supports, empowers and enriches.


NPS was commissioned to provide multidisciplinary design services for this scheme of 88 apartments divided into six distinct wings. Amenities include a hair salon with visiting hairdresser and a large roof terrace. A café at the front of the home has been specifically designed to be a “destination” for visitors to bring residents and enjoy time together with families and friends.


The design team built upon the principles of the HAPPI report and cutting edge research from the Stirling University Dementia Services Development Centre to arrive at key design principles which can improve resident well-being. 


The result sees apartments which are generously proportioned, of enduring quality and spiritually uplifting.  The care home is able to deliver a more personable service to residents in spaces that better reflect the domestic scale that they are used to, with internal spaces which place a strong emphasis on community, reinforced by shared spaces, shared experiences and shared values, but not at the expense of privacy.