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Riverwell Dementia Village, Watford

Located in South Hertfordshire, the site lies adjacent to Watford General Hospital in the Vicarage district of West Watford. The proposal involves the introduction of a Dementia care home and community hub to serve as a dementia village. Set to form part of the wider master plan for the Riverwell development.

The following aims will be achieved by the scheme:
- Achieve ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating.
- Forming strong building lines, with reference to a typical high street in Hertfordshire, orientated towards the River Colne.
- Increase resident physical and mental well-being by encouraging resident interaction through open-plan spaces.
- Net-zero carbon design strategies.

Zachary Jones
Student name
Zachary Jones
Architectural Technology

Project Overview.

The scheme aims to provide a townscape from which compassionate care and resident interaction will assist in creating a homely atmosphere that will support the experience of continuation in residents' everyday life. Ensuring residents have recognizable surroundings through strong visual connections on the high street. The proposal will house 70 residents and accommodate 50 in-house carers. Also, the community building will accommodate an additional 100 persons, on top of the 70 residents. There will be 13 beds provided for rest bite and 4 of those will serve as nurse bed allocation should a ‘lockdown’ event occur.

Architectural Technology

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