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Bowbrook achieves gold status in building audit

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Last month Bowbrook, one of our dementia centres of excellence, was visited by auditors from The University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre.

The Dementia Services Development Centre is recognised worldwide as leaders in the field of dementia design with a strong reputation for supporting society to meet the changing needs of an ageing population.

The DSDC was appointed to carry out a formal audit appraisal under the new Environments for Ageing and Dementia Design Assessment Tool (EADDAT) Tier 2.

The scheme was formally assessed via a detailed on-site appraisal on 3rd August 2023, attended by two DSDC auditors who scored the following features:

  • Entrances
  • Vertical Circulation
  • Toilets
  • Contrast
  • Patterns and Colour
  • Fixtures, Fittings and Finishes
  • Light Levels
  • Acoustics
  • Signage and Wayfinding
  • Technology and Interfaces
  • Heating and Small Power
  • Outdoor Spaces and Walking Routes
  • Balconies and Roof Terraces
  • Parking

Auditors were particularly impressed with the fittings and finishes, toilets, entrances , outdoor spaces and walking routes at Bowbrook marking each of these categories at over 90 per cent, with a combined score of 80 per cent or more needed to achieve gold status.

Overall, the building achieved a total score of 85 per cent and was awarded a Gold EADDAT Tier 2 accreditation.

Lucie Willday, our Registered Manager at Bowbrook said: “I am delighted that Bowbrook has been awarded gold accreditation following an assessment by The University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre. This means our scheme is providing the best possible environment for our customers and their families, something which me and the team are very proud of.

“The building was completed in June 2021 and it’s good to see that more than two years later we are maintaining high standards. A big well done to colleagues at Bowbrook who should rightly feel proud of this achievement.”

Find out more about Bowbrook here.