The Essence Service is managed by Age UK Sunderland and provides support and information to people recently diagnosed with dementia and their carers. The service is provided within a refurbished single storey building (previously a library). The Sir Thomas Allen Centre is the first charity to have their facility awarded a gold.
- The day centre is open-plan and therefore legible by design. Signage is also provided to all area
- The acoustic performance of the space was considered good. This can be difficult to achieve in open plan design but the overall scale was appropriate, as was the extent of soft furnishings.
- Achieving a gold within the constraints of an existing building can be complex and involves careful consideration of use, structure and service