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Editor’s letter

Welcome to our Design in healthcare (including mental healthcare) supplement looking at progressive architectural and interior design in this demanding area, with a focus on dementia care.

As the country faces up to a steadily ageing population and ever-growing tide of dementia diagnoses, healthcare is proving to be one of the most rapidly changing and challenging areas of modern design.

Medical buildings, particularly those connected with mental healthcare, have been experiencing something of a quiet design revolution in recent years. Now, the design of dementia care facilities is being given greater attention, too.

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We explore the architectural approach taken at Atherleigh Park Hospital, a new dementia care and mental healthcare facility in the North West designed to sit comfortably within a lose-knit community.

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And an in-depth feature by Jess Unwin reveals the architectural challenges and innovations behind the flagship Spire private hospital destined to benefit the people of Greater Manchester.

Moving to Scotland, the spotlight is on the way architects resolved the inherent conflict between technical and aesthetic requirements in the design of the hi-tech Lanarkshire Beatson cancer treatment centre, a place that will help save many people’s lives.

Elsewhere, our experts offer guidance on the smart selection of lighting, furniture and flooring and how timber and paint finishes can make a major contribution to better healthcare.

There’s certainly plenty of food for thought. Ray Philpott

In this issue we look at the crucial role architects, designers and specifiers are playing in improving peoples lives in the health sector.

There’s an exclusive commentary on dementia care design from Dr June Andrews of the highly influential Dementia Development Services Centre at Stirling University, while specialist developer Jitesh Patel argues that the UK could learn a lot from the Japanese experience.

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