SP&A Architects

Seafarers Way, Hendon, Sunderland reaches completion.

Seafarers Way specialist dementia housing was completed in August and tenants are expected to commence moving in during September.  Operated by Inclusion Housing, the new building, constructed to the rear of the listed, Old Orphanage building, houses 38 apartments providing a mix of 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom accommodation, each with dementia and disability friendly features such as free access shower rooms, open shelving and glazed cupboard doors to kitchens.  Communal facilities at ground floor level incorporate a lounge, dining room, interactive kitchen, quiet room, hair salon, activities room, buggy store and fitness room, the communal space being designed in an open plan manner to facilitate familiarisation to the tenants and to create a barrier free environment.  The living room and dining area open onto a small but carefully designed garden area incorporating a variety of different areas and plant types to help stimulate senses.


The project also involved the refurbishment of the former Old Orphanage building.  This now forms a home for the East End Community Centre along with a variety of office spaces.  Working in Conjunction with Inclusion Housing, Sunderland City Council, Identity Consult,  ESP Ltd., Elliot Johnson (Refurbishment Consultants) and 3e Consulting Engineers, the construction was carried out by Keepmoat Regeneration North East.