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Cowan Architects & Partners

A unique collaboration that offers Premium and 5* Care solutions


Cowan Architects has partnered with Harrison to develop a new, fresh approach with a UK first in bespoke models for the 5*, premium and collaborative retirement living sector. The partnership will launch at the Dementia, Care and Nursing Home Expo in March (26/27 March, Birmingham).

Leveraging the knowledge of many years` experience in the fields of healthcare architecture, interior design, branding, hospitality and catering, their unique approach will challenge assumptions and develop customer-centric solutions. This will offer the over 55s a greater choice of health and well-being, living standards, community and social interaction. Bespoke, trouble-free lifestyle solutions will help these customers to enjoy a healthier, more rewarding life in a supportive environment.

The combined expertise of these parties will create innovative design solutions that are supported by technology and environments that would rival 5* hotels, but delivered affordably to existing providers, whilst increasing customer demand and revenue.
The importance of creating a sense of real community is central to these initiatives, so that there is a strong emphasis on the living experience including the maintenance of community and social interaction. The healthcare provider benefits from customers enjoying longer, healthier and happier lives.

`Whilst these models of older living and care are gaining ground in the US, they are relatively new to the UK` says Nigel Marcoolyn, Director of Architecture for Cowan Architects. `The particular skills of Cowan Architects and Harrison will see us at the cutting edge, offering our own versions that cater for all ranges of the older generation, whilst also allowing them to live in the heart of an all-age community`.

Philip Harrison, Founder of Harrison, adds `This is an exciting partnership with Cowan Architects to introduce the next phase of assisted living to the UK. The new generation entering the market of assisted care - the baby boomers - have lived very different lives to previous generations and have a higher set of lifestyle expectations. Therefore developments of the future should deliver on these standards, particularly when creating shared spaces where inter-generational, social communities exist.. These are key elements in the creation of this new model."

Cowan Architects is an established UK architectural practice with significant experience across the residential care sector, inclusive design and healthcare. Over the last 35 years we have delivered a range of new homes, many at the Premium level such as the Journalist Charity, along with sensitive additions to existing buildings for Medici and Abbeyfield. There have also been extensive refurbishments for names like Nicholas James and Alexander Park Homes.

Harrison is an international, award-winning brand, interior design and architecture consultancy with studios in London, Birmingham, Dallas and Dubai. We combine strategic and consumer analysis with intuitive and intelligent design, to create and enrich compelling hospitality brands for our clients. Over the past 30 years we have created and delivered over 5,000 successful hospitality projects worldwide.

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