Take a SureSet Sensory Stroll

Following a 2013 review of Bournemouth’s care homes, to ensure they met the needs of the town’s growing elderly population, the decision was taken to close two existing homes and rebuild another in Tuckton, Southbourne, a suburb of Bournemouth.

In 2014, Midas Southern, a division of The Midas Group began construction on the new 50 bedroomed Wickmead Care Home. When completed this state-of-the-art facility will offer elderly, specialist dementia and nursing care.

A major aspect of the development of Wickmead Care Home was the external landscaping, with a brief that included…

  • That it should stimulate the senses
  • Be a place for residents to enjoy sharing experiences with family and friends
  • Protect existing tress by using ‘no dig’ materials during its construction
  • That, in order to maintain soil moisture and provide oxygen for the trees roots, any paving installed must be porous.

Midas Southern first contacted SureSet in September 2014 to discuss using permeable resin bound paving for the external landscaping aspect of the project.

The Landscape Architect, Lynne Williams, created a wonderful design for Wickmead with cleverly defined areas that can be clearly identified by residents.

The design has two gardens linked by a Sensory Walk, for which SureSet was specified – these pathways are designed to help orientate residents to the entry points of the communal rooms.

The Sensory Walk takes in the Sensory Garden, which is overlooked by the communal lounge, café and shop and provides the perfect social space for barbeques and fêtes. And the Dementia Garden, which is positioned off the main lounge, providing an area for outdoor sitting and activities.

Laid expertly by hand, SureSet resin bound paving fulfilled the ‘no dig’ criteria. While the permeability of SureSet satisfied the requirement for porous paving to allow water and oxygen to reach the roots of the tree.  

Wickmead Care Home is located tantalisingly close to the picturesque River Stour. A charming, purpose-built nursing, dementia and residential care home that sits in the heart of Tuckton village.

In a pleasant, peaceful setting that offers a welcoming ‘home from home’ feeling, Wickmead Care Home has beautifully landscaped gardens that features sculptures, water features and planting all designed to stimulate all of your senses.

The SureSet Sensory Walk links the landscape design together and delivers the perfect non-slip surface for its elderly residents – the stone free, low maintenance finish will last for more than 25 years.

Key features:

  • Natural Aggregate: 6mm Barley Beach
  • Application: footpath
  • Area: 354m²
  • Base: asphalt
  • Depth: 16mm
  • Edges: pin kerbs
  • Installed: February 2016

Why specify SureSet?
SureSet specialises exclusively in permeable resin bound paving; uniquely combining outstanding attractiveness, creativity and practicality.

Providing a full supply and installation service SureSet has an extensive range of products, all manufactured in the UK, from natural aggregates, marble or their in-house coloured recycled glass. Available in subtle, traditional colours for a natural finish, and vibrant, eye catching colours for a more contemporary feel, SureSet is equally suitable for new build and refurbishment projects.

Installing high quality projects since 1997, architects specify SureSet because:

  • It is SuDS compliant
  • They offer bespoke designs
  • Installations are guaranteed for 18 years against: loose stone; cracking; oil damage; UV degradation; colour change, frost damage and workmanship

They have a proven track record in: Investing in research and development and providing the best solution, with the best products, offering the best value.