Design Council showcase at Naidex National

Design Council will showcase the latest products, services and buildings to aid independent living at Naidex, the UK’s largest disability, rehabilitation and homecare event.

Design Council has announced that it will exhibit cutting edge inclusive designs at the Naidex National being held at NEC in Birmingham from 30 April to 2 May. The Design Council’s interactive exhibition will showcase products such as a ‘scent clock’ for people with dementia and ‘The Ramp House’, a family home built for a young wheelchair user. These designs tell fascinating stories and demonstrate the advances that have been made in responding to people’s diverse needs.

Visitors will have the opportunity to hear from the designers and architects behind the exhibits, who will discuss their work at designated times in the exhibition area. Delegates will also be able to ask questions and share their stories about the products, services and building that have helped them live more independent lives.

Design Council is also sponsoring a day of talks on inclusive design on 1 May. Design Council’s Chief Design Officer, Mat Hunter, will open the day of talks. Delegates will get to hear the stories of six designers and architects exhibiting at the event during a programme of drop-in talks as well.

Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council, commented:

“We’re excited to be at Naidex for the first time this year. At the Design Council we’re passionate about great design that improves lives and nowhere more than in the products and services that enable independence and improve health. That’s why we’re showing some of our favourite examples of products, services and spaces from recent years where innovative thinking is making a difference.”

Fiona Davies, Event Director at Naidex, commented:

“We are delighted to be working with the Design Council at Naidex National this year. We are proud to be a platform where they can showcase the future of products and services which are crucial to our audience for greater independent living.”

The six exhibits are:

Outside the Box by Beam 

Outside the Box is a project to engage learning-disabled adults and the wider community in the design of a new community cafe. The cafe will provide training, employment and volunteering opportunities for learning-disabled adults and will act as hub for local people to become involved in their community. Outside the box was awarded with a Design Your Neighbourhood grant from the Cabe team at Design Council to support the development of the cafe. The project is collaboration between CTI2000, a charity providing support to adults with learning or other disabilities, and local architecture centre, Beam.

Patient Chair and Commode by Kirton Healthcare Group

Kirton Healthcare Group redesigned the hospital patient chair and commode to reduce hospital associated infections such as MRSA as part of the Design Council’s Design Bugs Out Design Challenge.

David Wickett will discuss the Patient Chair and Commode at 11am on 2 May

Ode by Rodd UK 

scent clock

Ode is a fragrance-release system designed to stimulate appetite among people with dementia. This discreet system is less stigmatising and more inspiring than an alarm or constant reminders from carers to eat. Weight loss is common to most people with late-stage dementia and can be an early indicator of the condition.  With malnutrition costing the NHS around £13 billion a year compared to £5.1 billion for obesity the impact of scaling this product is huge. Initial research has showed significant improvement in the appetite of users. Ode is one of the design solutions from the Design Council’s Living Well With Dementa Design Challenge.

Ben Davies talks more about Ode at the exhibition at 3pm on 1 May

Yew Tree Lodge by Duggan Morris Architects

Yew Tree Lodge is a sheltered housing scheme of 12 self-contained residential units. The scheme includes semi communal internal spaces and landscaped external spaces for tenants with varying learning and physical difficulties. It is located within a site occupied by a Grade II listed Arts and Crafts building. Great efforts were employed to deliver quality and longevity in a sector of housing often side lined and ignored due to its seemingly limited architectural potential.

The Ramp House by Chambers McMillan

Ramp House

The principle of the ramp house was to design and build a family home for a young wheelchair user, where the whole house enables the child to lead a barrier free included life. For instance using a ramp to access all levels provides an equality of space for all so Chambers McMillan designed spaces along the ramp, connecting both horizontally and vertically, so that the experience of the house changes as it unfolds.

Thea McMillan will be discussing The Ramp House at 11am on 30 April

St Bede’s Extra Care Housing by PRP Architects

PRP’s Specialist Housing team are widely recognised as leading architects in housing for older people. St Bede’s is an exemplary Extra Care Housing scheme providing high quality mixed tenure accommodation in Bedford’s Conservation Area.  The building has been sensitively integrated into the community and the surrounding context, including vibrant communal spaces.

Anne-Marie Nicholson will discuss the St Bede’s Project at 2pm on 1 May

For the full drop-in talks schedule visit the Design Council event page

About Naidex National

Naidex National takes place at NEC Birmingham from 30 April to 2 May 2013 and over 10,000 visitors are expected. It is the UK’s largest disability, homecare and rehabilitation event for those working in healthcare and for people seeking the latest assisted living devices. The exhibition showcases the industry’s latest products and services to support care in the health service, at home and in care homes. A conference programme of free seminars across. Register for your free tickets at

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