History and Influences

Before the introduction of the railway in 1857, Beckenham was a typical English village. Now absorbed into the London suburbs, it nevertheless retains an air which captures the essence of the English countryside with beautiful green spaces and community atmosphere. Grand historic houses and extensive parkland shape the landscape and elegant villas grace the tree lined streets. Beckenham has a genuine community feel, centred on the Green, which is flanked in a traditional way by shops, the local school and St George’s Church. Here, farmers’ markets, concerts and fetes take place. This retention of a village quality makes Beckenham quite unique.

We have been influenced by the sense of heritage and community which is apparent in Beckenham and wish to reflect this in the shape and presentation of the internal spaces. We hope to provide space for gatherings, performance and celebration as well as comfortable intimate places to relax.

We aim to create a vibrant, informal Cafe Area, adjacent to the Grand Lobby and Reception, the scale of which will echo the grandeur of the great houses surrounding the town. The Restaurant will be gracious in style, reminiscent of the manor house, whilst the Bistro will reflect Beckenham’s sporting heritage and be a cheerful location to dine and have a pint or a sherry!

The Emporium interior will echo the luxury and indulgences of any great manor house and the Cinema will be strongly influenced by the famous Chinese Garage, a local landmark since its construction on the Langley Estate in 1928.

Key to the design and a new feature for Signature is the Village Hall, a multi-purpose room which combines the functions of Activity Room and Training Room into one area, subdivided by an opening partition.

In addition to providing much needed extra space for activities, the room can be converted into a small theatre with a demountable stage. It is hoped that residents and their families will be able to share events such as concerts, religious services, fashion shows, fetes and other community based occasions.

In summary, the principles of heritage and community that define the character of Beckenham have provided the inspiration for the interior design. The shape of the spaces will encourage the residents to feel part of a real community, with design details and presentation reflecting the local heritage and respecting its history and personalities.

Grand Lobby, Reception & Café

The first impression of The Reception and Café will be the welcome of the receptionist and the bustling, lively atmosphere of the area. Its interior design takes inspiration from the grandeur of the great houses surrounding the town with the introduction of classic architectural features and quality finishes, with an injection of modern details and design elements such as the chandelier and soft furnishings.

Although a large space it is broken up by the central grand feature staircase, with generous treads that provide an opportunity for gentle exercise.

Those wishing to can sit comfortably where they can be involved in the day to day comings and goings of the home whilst those wanting a quiet time can find a more secluded area by the fireplace.

Lounge

The lounge location and large windows not only provide generous amounts of natural light into the room but allows views into the rear gardens. Screened from the reception, but not cut off by a door, it is filled with softly upholstered seating and coffee tables arranged in small social groups allowing residents to socialise or sit quietly and read a book.

Facilities include:

  • Combination of Sofas, High Back Chairs and Recliners
  • Fireplace & TV
  • Access to both Reception and Restaurant

 

Private Dining

The Private Dining Room interior is designed with luxurious finishes that reflect the gracious style of a great manor house.

This is a space that can be used for special occasions so that residents can invite their friends and family to their own dining room experience.

Facilities:

  • Seating for 10no Residents and Guests

 

Restaurant

The design of the restaurant is intended to support the staff in their nourishing of the residents by creating a welcoming, warm atmosphere with space to enjoy a meal in comfort.

With colours to stimulate the appetite and varied seating options to encourage social engagement for those who wish it and a more private experience for those who prefer to enjoy their meals in peace. The dining experience is one of the most important parts of the resident’s day.

Facilities include:

Seating for 54 Residents and Guests

Cinema

The Cinema is designed to be dramatic and differ completely from the rest of the home. It is intended that a visit to the cinema is a real event, providing an occasion to be anticipated. The big screen, luxurious seating, theatrical lighting and plush furnishings are strongly influenced by the iconic Beckenham Chinese Garage and local Regal (now Odeon) Art Deco Cinema.

Facilities include:

  • Combination of Fourteen Luxury Single Chairs and Sofas
  • Side Tables
  • Foot Rests to Front Row
  • Drinks Fridge

 

Village Hall / Activity Room

The key to this space is its chameleon like design and interior. It is simple and practical in design to enable any activity to sit comfortably within. The flexibility of the room with its open space and wheeled tables and stacking chairs allows for a multitude of arrangements to suit all pastimes. Although the kitchen area has the appearance of a domestic kitchen its design and equipment make it capable of catering for the room’s occupancy when used as a social space.

A memory wall and shelving to display 3D creations provide character to the otherwise functional interior.

Facilities include:

  • Auditorium style demountable stage and seating for 76 residents and guests
  • Wheeled activity tables & high back upholstered chairs for residents’ activities.

Library:

A tranquil and comfortable space, lined with bookshelves and focal fireplace complete with traditional style leather chairs and sofas.

The combination of natural and artificial lighting is designed to ensure that those with failing eyesight have enough light to allow them to read. As a gentle nod to local author Enid Blyton, there will be related memorabilia that will complement the scheme.

Facilities include:

  • Combination of Sofas and Reading Chairs
  • Computer Station

 

Bistro:

The Bistro is an important part of the Signature lifestyle, offering variety in dining to the residents. It is an informal dining space with cosy interior finishes reflecting Beckenham’s sporting heritage.

Upholstered bench seating enhances the informality of the room along with a separate snug lounge where the residents can enjoy a pint or a game of chess.

Facilities include:

  • Seating for 28 Residents and Guests to dine
  • Food Servery & Bar
  • Fireplace & TV
  • Combination of Sofas & High Back chairs to Bar Snug

 

Emporium:

The social opportunities provided by the Hair Salon, Nail Bar & Therapy Room are facilitated by a spacious and stylish interior design, where residents can enjoy a pampering experience and a familiar routine as though they were visiting a High Street Salon.

Equipment and furniture specially suited to the age group allows for an enjoyable hair washing and styling experience whilst the therapy room offers a state of the art three sectional electric couch that provides support to the less physically able residents.

Facilities include:

  • Two Hair Styling Stations
  • One Hair Wash Station
  • One Nail Bar Station
  • One Private Therapy Room with Electric Couch
  • Spa Bathroom

 

Dementia: Circulation Spaces

The Circulation spaces are coloured to help with navigation and decorative leaner rails are provided to assist with walking with clear signage set at a level that can be easily read.

Light fittings are carefully selected to avoid an institutional appearance but not encourage residents to try to touch them.

The circulation spaces provide walking routes for those able with 2 and 3 dimensional memory prompts to stimulate and promote conversations as well as being useful tools to distract agitated residents.

Dementia: Lounge

The provision of lounge spaces, both large and small, provides choice and variety in size to residents whose world has become smaller.

Domestic in their interior style with simple, un-confusing décor and recognizable fixtures and fittings such as TV and Lamps, they are spaces to encourage both group and individual activities.

Dementia: Kitchen & Dining

The kitchen area is domestic in size and interior style with glass fronted wall cupboards and open shelving to allow residents clear and unobstructed vision.

A new catering operation will make meal times easier for Staff & Residents.

Mixed dining tables allow the space to be changed to suit the day’s activities.

Garden Spaces

The provision of external spaces and facilities are invaluable to stimulate & promote the wellbeing of residents.

Raised beds and veg trugs complete with green house and storage will provide an activity area where residents can ‘grow their own’.

Quiet seating areas will offer residents the opportunity to just sit and reflect in a natural, outdoor environment.