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Kelso home to revolutionise Borders dementia care

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January 10 2017

Kelso home to revolutionise Borders dementia care
Plans have been prepared for the creation of an 18-bed dementia care home in the outskirts of Kelso by Aitken Turnbull Architects, delivering the first specialist unit of its type for the Borders.

Murray House represents a £3m investment at the existing Queen’s House facility with construction expected to get underway in August for completion by October 2018.

Arranged around a central ‘ring’ corridor the single storey property will feature floor to ceiling bay windows affording views to landscaped gardens with clerestorey glazing fronting a central light well.

In a design statement the architects observed: “The dementia unit will be single storey with a hipped roof form and gable dormers positioned above several door openings. A light-well with clerestory glazing is concealed behind the ridge and provides natural daylighting in the centre of the proposed building.

“Materials are to be similar to Queens House but with the introduction of some zinc cladding for variety and to help break up the building mass.”

It is estimated that within 20 years some 30 per cent of the Borders population will be aged 60 and above.

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