Top award for South Tyneside’s new OAP centre

Haven Court
Haven Court

South Tyneside’s new integrated health and social care hub for older people and their families, has won a major building industry award.

Haven Court, built in the grounds of South Tyneside District Hospital by South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of South Tyneside Council, was named Best Inclusive Building in the LABC Northern Building Excellence Awards.

The award recognised its high quality design which makes access easier and incorporates the needs of a wide range of users.

Haven Court, which opened last summer, aims to provide a wide range of high quality support and services, including residential, day and respite care, and rehabilitation for older people, particularly those living with dementia.

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s chief executive Ken Bremner said: “Haven Court offers exceptional facilities and is helping to improve the health and wellbeing of our growing ageing population.

“This award demonstrates what a fantastic building it is and I hope that everyone in South Tyneside shares our pride in it.”

Coun Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for wellbeing and independence, said: “This is very welcome news. We stipulated that the building should feature innovative design when we first put out the tender and this award shows we were right to do so.

“Haven Court has been designed with the needs of our older people in mind.”

Built by Robertson Construction, the centre was designed by P+HS Architects to cater for different clinical needs and for those with varying degrees of dementia, with internal and external features such as special colour schemes to help people find their way around, and to support independent living and general wellbeing.