We worked together with multiple stakeholders from the NHS and Local Council to provide a unique focal landmark for the people of South Tyneside: Haven Court.
Providing for the needs of a growing ageing population, the Council joined forces with South Tyneside NHS to build an Integrated Care Hub to support elderly residents in the borough. The new building houses a range of services under one roof, with a focus on improving the health and well-being of older people including those with dementia. It provides coordinated support to help people to live independently in their communities for longer. Haven Court streamlines access to information, support and services, providing more choice and offering flexible solutions tailored to the changing needs of elderly people.
The light and welcoming building offers day services, help and advice, as well as assessments and medical consultation. We included a variety of social spaces, a cafe, places to pause and chat, views and access to landscaped gardens and a gym. There are nursing and residential options for short stay rehabilitation, respite or ‘time to think’ as well as longer term care. We designed the 80 spacious en-suite bedrooms in small clusters around open plan living areas, to create a domestic scale and homely environment. There's a relaxed feel with kitchen areas where residents and visitors can make themselves a snack or a drink. For longer term care, the emphasis is on the provision of a ‘home’ rather than a ‘care home’.
Located at South Tyneside District Hospital the hub is close to hospital services but has its own dedicated entrance and operates very much as a stand- alone facility.
South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust
Crowned Best Inclusive Building by LABC Northern, Haven Court was also shortlisted for a Pinders Healthcare Design Award, RICS North East (Community Benefit) and Health Service Journal's award for Best Partnership with local government and the NHS.