David Wise, associate director at Space Architects
Chloe Shakesby

North East architecture firm signs five-figure joint venture to advance quality of life technology

A North East architecture practice has announced that it has signed a five-figure joint venture to create a new aging technology company.

Space Architects has signed the deal with dementia research specialists the University of Stirling, forming a new company, Iridis Digital.

The five-figure co-investment will see Iridis develop new technology that will allow people living with dementia to experience a higher quality of life.

The venture has led to the creation of the Iridis Homeowner application, which is aimed at assessing how ‘dementia friendly’ buildings are and where improvements can be made. e Centre’s Chief Architect Lesley Palmer in the development of the new company.

David Wise, an associate director at Space Architects, said: “It is important to us that we continue to be involved in exciting projects which make a difference.

“It is well documented that we have an ageing population, but housing stock that doesn’t necessarily meet their needs. This isn’t just a problem in the UK, but internationally.

“Iridis not only allows existing homes and environments to be suitably adapted but when individuals are moving into new premises, they can plan ahead by identifying improvements that will support their dementia needs.

“It has the potential to help people live more independently for longer - and sometimes small changes can make all the difference, and Iridis can help them with that.”

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