Office fit out and refurbishment specialist, Overbury, is delivering the new Birmingham office of a national dementia charity.
The office space will be used to deliver the Alzheimer’s Society’s new service, called Dementia Connect, which provides a first point of contact for people affected by dementia and their families. Work has started on the new facility and it is expected to be completed by late July 2019.
Design features to facilitate neurodiversity in the workplace include the use of paint colours chosen from a palette specifically for people affected by dementia, and furniture selected for comfort and accessibility. Patterns for carpets and fabrics within the office have been specially selected to be dementia friendly. Overbury will create social spaces to welcome visitors, whilst central focal points within the office space will allow service users to navigate easily.
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.
“The Alzheimer’s Society wants to recruit the best people for the new roles in this facility so we designed a workplace which is not only functional but attractive to their current and future staff.
“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.”
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.
“There are 70,000 people 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 affect by dementia and their loved ones, through Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect service.”
Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity which campaigns for change, funds research to find a cure and supports people living with dementia today.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the project, many at Overbury have become Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia.