An award-winning office fit out, and refurbishment specialist Overbury has been selected to deliver the new Birmingham office of a national dementia charity.
The Alzheimer’s Society has appointed Overbury to design their new 7,250 sq ft office at Tricorn House, in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Michele Clifton, office design account manager at Overbury’s Birmingham-based team, said: “We’re excited to deliver this brand-new space, on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society, which will transform the lives of people affected by dementia.
“Dementia is a subject many at Overbury are passionate about, and lots of research went into ensuring our design supports neurodiversity, reflecting the views of leading academics and dementia sufferers, and responding to identified needs.”
Overbury’s design of the space has been influenced by people affected by dementia, as well as consulting with academics from the University of Stirling.
Design features include the use of specifically selected colour pallets for people affected by dementia, as well as selecting patterns for carpets and fabrics within the office that are dementia friendly.
Michele adds: “Consistency, comfort, and wellness were key points we considered during the design process as we seek to create a facility that is not only inviting, but also boosts the wellbeing of all users. We’ve incorporated communal breakout and refreshment areas which have been carefully designed to have a warm, homely feel, which is really important for office workers.”
The office space will be used to deliver the society’s new service called Dementia Connect – which aims to provide a first point of contact for people affected by dementia and their families.
Overbury has already begun work on the new facility, and it is expected to be completed by late July.
Commenting on the new office, Nick Elliot, Head of Property & Facilities for Alzheimer’s Society said: “It’s great that Overbury’s design of the new dementia-friendly Alzheimer’s Society Birmingham office is influenced by people living with dementia.
“70,000 people are living with dementia in the West Midlands right now, and dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.
“Our new office will allow us to be the first point of contact for people affected by dementia and their loved ones, through Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect service.”
As part of Overbury’s commitment to the Alzheimer’s Society project, several members of the Overbury team have become ‘Dementia Friends’ – an Alzheimer’s Society initiative changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia.
The fit out and refurbishment specialist will promote Dementia Friends to its subcontractors, suppliers and project partners during Dementia Action Week, May 20th – 26th.
To find out more, please visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk