Another key tenet of the Handsale philosophy is ‘authenticity not proxy’; this closely aligned with our own design philosophy and really enabled us to challenge existing beliefs and explore new opportunities in care home design. Contrary to the trend of many modern, high-end and luxury care homes towards a hotel-feel, Priesty Fields has a distinctly homely feel; using materials, patterns, and colours that you would find in and around your own home and local community to create a warm, immersive, and familiar environment. It starts as soon as you walk through the doors of Priesty Fields; the large and airy atrium is designed to reflect the traditional local market town in Congleton with its full-size tree proudly taking centre stage and earthy colour scheme setting you at ease before you explore everything Priesty Fields has to offer.
Wellbeing & community
Priesty Fields would be looking after residents who may not be able to go outdoors and interact with the local community, so a fundamental part of the brief was to bring the outdoors in; and this meant bringing the local community into the home, as well as incorporating natural and biophilic elements within the design.
On the ground floor, 6 bedrooms were sacrificed to create a wellbeing hub where a fantastic choice of communal spaces are designed to simulate a real high street with fully functioning shops and amenities, including a café, pub, hair salon, gymnasium, corner shop, launderette, spa, and cinema.
Handsale believes residents shouldn’t live their lives in their bedrooms, so the wellbeing hub is designed to encourage residents out of their bedrooms and provide spaces where they can socialise with fellow residents, their family and friends, and even the public so that it feels like they’ve had a day out, but in the safety and security of the home where the staff are always on hand to support them.