Business Leads the Way in Pioneering Dementia Friendly Fabrics
A Merseyside business is
leading the way in pioneering healthcare fabrics across the UK
following the successful completion this week of a high profile
project for Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. The project brief
for 4 wards and 92 beds was awarded to Curtain Call to provide
supportive design and fabrics to increase the overall wellbeing of
mental health and dementia patients.
Founded by Crosby entrepreneur Donna Nolan, Curtain Call has offices
in Liverpool and Manchester City Centre and has become one of the
UK's best known curtain, blinds and fabric manufacturers offering
specialist services to many industries including hospitals and
Along with many private care homes, Curtain Call has completed
projects for Liverpool Women's Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest
Hospital and a number of private clinics in the centre of London. As
the UK's only distributor of mesh-top cubicle curtains for ceiling
fixed cubicle tracks that are increasingly specified by architects
and interior planners to increase light and air circulation in
hospital and healthcare settings, the business has experienced rapid
growth in the last 2 years.
The Dementia Service Development Centre (DSDC) at Stirling
University illustrates that the design and fabric of a care
environment can minimise risk and have a hugely positive impact on
the wellbeing of people with mental health problems and dementia.
Royal Berkshire selected fabrics from Curtain Call's supportive
design range that have been reviewed and rated by the DSDC for
Rhian Warner, Directorate Manager Specialist Medicine and Therapies
of Royal Berkshire NHS Trust explains:- "We are committed to
improving the health and wellbeing of all of our patients and with a
skilful blend of design and intelligent functions, the fabrics from
Curtain Call presented the perfect solution to help with the with
the orientation of our mental health and dementia patients. We chose
Curtain Call because their fabric ranges were more appealing and
allowed us to move away from standard NHS designs and colour schemes
.The project was also completed smoothly and sensitively with no
disruption and already the calming textures and revitalising effects
are starting to appeal to our patient's senses"
Donna, who brings over 20 years experience to healthcare fabrics and
hospital solutions acted as project manager and explained how the
application of design principles required her and the team to see
the environment from the patient's point of view:- "There are
many ways to implement dementia friendly design into healthcare
environments including guidance on colour changes and contrasts to
avoid areas being misinterpreted and becoming a cause of concern for
patients. Like all healthcare projects the fabric needed to meet
strict NHS standards in terms of flame retardancy, high temperature
washing and colour fastness and of course, we had a budget to comply
with. We were able to tailor make a solution using a wide range in
the type and selection of fabrics we have available. We hope that
the project continues to generate positive outcomes for a long time
WIRRAL HOTEL SET TO MARK MACMILLAN
PARTNERSHIP AT VIP BIRTHDAY EVENT
STAFF at an Italian restaurant and inn in
Bromborough are set to celebrate their first year anniversary at a
special VIP afternoon reception with the Lord Mayor and Lady
Mayoress of Wirral.
Pesto at the Dibbinsdale Inn, which was officially opened in March
last year, is marking its birthday with a special cake and coffee
event where it will also announce Macmillan Cancer Support as its
The famous Thwaites shire horses will also be in attendance at the
special event on Friday, 14 March 2014, where Councillor David Mitchell
and wife Mrs Sue Mitchell as well as Macmillan Fundraising Manager
Lisa Wild and other guests will also enjoy a tour of the restaurant
As part of the birthday celebrations the restaurant team are also
inviting members of the public to drop in to the restaurant from
2.30pm till 5pm on Friday, 14 March 2014 for a complimentary tea or coffee
and piece of birthday cake.
This event comes just weeks after the hotel was awarded 4 Gold star
accreditation for second year running following a mystery inspection
earlier last month.
The inn and restaurant on Dibbinsdale Road has already proved
popular with local residents after bringing Pesto's trademark 'piattini'
culinary style to the Wirral, a new Italian dining experience where
diners are able to enjoy an authentic selection of Italian dishes
during one meal.
The company currently has seven restaurants nationwide including
venues in Manchester Trafford Centre, Glasgow and Cheshire and will
be opening its first West Midlands restaurant in Sutton Coldfield in
Pesto is situated at Dibbinsdale Road, Bromborough CH63 0HJ or for
restaurant/hotel reservations call:- 0151 334 9818. For more
market to move
THE green light has been
given to plans to relocate the famous "Greatie" market at
Great Homer Street to a new facility on Dryden Street.
Liverpool's planning committee has today given the go-ahead for the
popular market to move a short distance along Great Homer Street to
the new site.
The market is moving as part of the large-scale Project Jennifer
regeneration scheme, which will revitalise Great Homer Street and
bring in major investment which has been needed in the area for
The move to Dryden Street is aimed at delivering a better quality
market facility, complementing the wider development at Great Homer
Street, which starts on-site this Spring.
Planning permission has been granted on a temporary basis, for a
period of four years. The Council is proposing to put forward a
further planning application in the future to make the move
Liverpool City Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor
Malcolm Kennedy, said:- "I'm pleased that these plans have
been approved, because I strongly believe that this scheme is the
right one to build a successful future for the market. The new
market has been developed following consultation with traders. We've
worked hard to respond to their views and deliver their
requirements, particularly around the size and number of stalls."
It represents a major investment from the Council, and will include
the refurbishment of an existing building to create a home for the
indoor market. The plans also include the demolition of existing
buildings, surfacing works to create a partly covered space for the
outdoor market, and parking areas for customers and traders vans -
all on one cohesive site.
Councillor Kennedy added:- "We have been in constant
communication with traders and customers over these plans, for many
months. It has been challenging, because when working with such a
large number of traders, it is difficult to please everyone,
particularly when they often have differing views and competing
However, I feel we've been successful in putting forward plans that
are deliverable, will satisfy the needs of the majority of traders,
and will enable the market to thrive. There is also overwhelming
support from local Councillors and the wider community.
We have carefully considered proposals by a small number of traders
who wish to remain on the existing site, to create a split market,
on both sides of the road. However, this would cause major
management, cost and parking issues, as well as potential health and
Ultimately, we want to do everything we can to maximise footfall and
make the market the best it can be, and we believe we will achieve
this by keeping it on one, improved site. Splitting the site could
affect the market's future success. Although the planning
application has now been approved, there is flexibility built in to
the plans, and we will continue to work with traders to explore how
we can further improve the Dryden Street scheme, so that it fully
meets the needs of all the traders."
The Dryden Street scheme will deliver 78 indoor stalls, 178 outdoor
stalls, 163 car parking spaces and 61 van parking spaces. There is
scope to change the actual mix of stall numbers and sizes and the
split between car paring and van parking. There is also potential to
make the market bigger if required using property already in Council
ownership, and consultation with traders on these issues continues.
Everton ward Councillor, Jane Corbett, said:- "The Project
Jennifer scheme will revitalise Great Homer Street, an area which
has desperately need investment for many years; and delivering a
successful, thriving market is a really important part of that.
We want to provide traders and the local community with a better
regulated, better quality market, which is at the heart of the
Project Jennifer scheme, and which complements the wider
regeneration programme. We believe this scheme does that. Most
importantly, we have listened to the views of the market traders and
customers in developing this scheme, and we have worked extremely
hard to deliver plans which respond to their needs."
Joy Bowes, local market trader and representative of the indoor
market, said:- "I am really looking forward to moving to our
new home at Dryden Street, which is really close to where the market
originally started. The new market will bring all of the traders
under one roof and in my opinion is well positioned; it's not too
far from our current location but it will be closer to the town
centre, right on the main bus route and near to the new supermarket
and shops. I'm convinced that it will be a success."
The Project Jennifer scheme, which is being led by regeneration
specialist St. Modwen in partnership with Liverpool City Council,
will transform the Great Homer Street area in north Liverpool. It
will create an estimated 1,000 new jobs, new homes, significant
public realm improvements and includes a new flagship Sainsbury's
supermarket, which will be the largest supermarket in the City.
The market scheme is costing £2.2m, including the associated highway
works. Work on the relocation is to start immediately.
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