January 11, 2019 Healthcare Design Awards

Askham celebrates design award for the second time

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Askham Village Community, Doddington, has been celebrating the completion of the final phase in recent building and refurbishment works. This has culminated in Askham Grove being selected as a finalist in the category of Best Design for Younger Adults in the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards 2019.

Askham Grove features a mix of bedrooms and self-contained flats designed for younger people with brain injury and/or physical disabilities. The design premise for the whole building centres on spaces that enable rehabilitation and independence.

We overlaid this with a number of gardens to enhance the space including an upstairs garden, a living wall downstairs, and large portrait windows everywhere – in addition to the water features, sensory gardens, and courtyards already landscaped across site.

This builds on longstanding eastern philosophies of the role gardens can play in well being. The science behind horticultural therapy also suggests that quality of life is increased manifold with proximity to nature. At Askham, the interaction between buildings, people, and the gardens is based on this same thinking.

In the words of His Highness the Aga Khan, ‘…gardens are a place where, whatever difficult moments come our way, we can always find, in the flow of refreshing water, a reminder of … blessing’.

The philosophy of developing Askham to support excellence in care and rehab, to improve quality of life overall stretches back almost thirty years. As a family business, Aliyyah-Begum Nasser explains that this “ethos of quality and supporting the vulnerable has been part of our family values ever since I can remember. Askham enables us to do this, bringing together the very best of functional design, technology, specialist clinical input, and inspirational spaces.”

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