We are advocates of People Architecture.
We want our buildings to be as inclusive as possible for every member of society. Our dedicated Inclusive Design team, made up of Architects, Technologists, Interior Designers, Consultants, and Environmental Psychologists, provide research and universal design-based guidance for designers at GT3, to allow us to fully understand the user requirements and impact of our designs.
The team’s latest research has focused on Designing for Dementia – by 2025 it is estimated that around 1 million people will have a diagnosis of dementia. Dementia can take on many forms and affect a range of ages, with varying symptoms such as difficulty retaining information, getting lost in familiar places, confusion, and loss of confidence.
People living with the disease find it important to have access to community and leisure activities as a way of keeping their minds and bodies active. How we design an environment can greatly impact the day-to-day activities of those living with the disease.
We believe our Morpeth Leisure Centre design supports users through our design choices, wayfinding routes, and processes – all curated to meet the needs of a wide range of users with different cognitive and physical needs. Internally and externally, the building’s design will support users and caregivers of those with dementia, autism, and other learning difficulties, single and older caregivers of young children and babies, and those with hearing and visual impairments.
Our goal is to design beautiful buildings which are truly inclusive to all. Working with our wonderful 2022 charity, Alzheimer’s Society, we hope to make a real difference.