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Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library

The Ada Belfield Care Centre and Belper Library is a community-focused scheme, providing 40 dementia friendly residential bedrooms with associated ancillary spaces, domestic scale lounge, dining areas and activity spaces. Additionally, the development provides public amenities including a Café and Public Library service.

The project consists of three primary areas, inclusive of semi-public open access facilities, semi-private areas, and private support areas. Offering a supportive environment, the scheme forms an intrinsic part of Derbyshire County Council’s strategic delivery of targeted residential care.

The site is situated in Belper town centre within a UNESCO World Heritage site. The design ensured historically significant facades were retained, refurbished, and incorporated into the final scheme. The completed building successfully provides a secure, safe, and stimulating environment for residents requiring care needs as well as being a focal hub for the wider community.


  • RIBA Regional Award Winner 2022
    East Midlands
  • Derbyshire Historic Building Trust Architecture Awards 2021
    Reuse of an Historic Building
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards 2021
    Grand Prix Design Award
  • Building Better Healthcare Awards 2021
    Best Dementia Care Development
  • Planning Awards 2021
    Best use of Heritage in Placemaking
  • AJ Retrofit Awards 2021
    Best Healthcare Building
  • Dementia Services Development Centre
    Gold Award

It’s a rare piece of public patronage, of good quality, alert to its context, it sits well with the grain of the town. Viewed from up on the valley sides of the Derwent it sits well with the grain of the town. Unesco need not worry.

RIBA Awards

Hugh Pearman past editor of the RIBA Journal
Exterior of the existing refurbished building
Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library


We have a passion for raising standards for residential care design, extending independence, and protecting the quality and dignity of life for our older generation. Designed in line with the Stirling University Gold Standard for dementia design, the scheme provides a high-quality environment with a focus on wellbeing and quality of life. A therapeutic environment has been created through ‘designing in’ high levels of natural light, easily accessible landscaped courtyards, and dementia-friendly layouts with specifications that ensure residents and staff have spaces they can enjoy.

Interior of library with informal seating and reading space