Despite completing back in 2019 the Harmonia (Dementia) Village Dover has been back in the spotlight this month with two awards nominations in recognition of what its built form offers back to the community, by addressing the growing prominence of dementia and allowing people to live more independently, for longer.

Rightful recognition for Harmonia Village

Date: November 2021

The ‘Harmonia Village’ is a unique development that has regenerated redundant hospital properties, on the site to the rear of the Buckland Hospital in Dover, to create a bespoke new nursing village for people living with dementia. This is the first village of its kind in the UK, utilising a proven Dutch model, to be created for the sole purpose of supporting and caring for those living with this debilitating disease.

The project was crowned the WINNER at the national ‘Building Better Healthcare’ Awards held in London at the beginning of the month for ‘Best Dementia Care Development’. The Building Better Healthcare Awards are considered the most credible national health awards, with the ceremony attended by professionals who are consistently raising the bar across the healthcare industry sector and our success in this category offers national coverage for the Jenner name in delivering buildings of this kind.

Subsequently the project placed as a very worthy finalist for the ‘Construction Project of the Year’ category at the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Awards. Site Manager Kirk Longman, who worked tirelessly to deliver the project, and through his concerted efforts to go above and beyond, secured the Considerate Constructors Scheme National Gold Award last year (2020), collected our finalist’s trophy alongside Managing Director Martin Sandall and our client Henry Quinn from East Kent Hospitals and the project Architect Stephen Coomber from HMY and at the black-tie gala dinner at Westenhanger Castle.