Belmont Court was built around the 1900s and by 2010, the building was in desperate need of a makeover. So PHP set to work with plans to make the place more welcoming and suitable for its 38 residents.
As part of the changes, a new sensory garden has been installed to provide stimulating experiences for the residents.
Planting was designed to provide colour, scent, biodiversity and encourage wildlife while providing a pleasant place to walk around and relax in. A section for keen vegetable growers is already producing food, and a BBQ area, plenty of seating, and a large summer house have been installed.
DMWA Architects and Janine Pattison Studios (JPS) designed the gardens and planting schemes. They also joined in to help with some of the digging work. Materials and plants were purchased with the help of Health and Well-being Legacy funding.
Ryan Martin, director at DMWA, explained: "The landscape was designed to promote wildlife and offer residents with conditions such as dementia, physical disability and visual impairments the opportunity to enjoy a new lease of life in a considered garden environment.
"In order to meet the needs of the users, the plan encompasses a circuitous walkway route that is fully accessible by motorised wheelchair. Planting species were selected to encourage wildlife, create architectural features, grow vegetables, provide scent and grow in site specific environmental conditions."
Contractors installed the level-access paths and completed the hard landscaping work. Volunteers did most of the planting and much of the work to build the summer house, seating, arches and pergolas.