Welcome to Construction and Health & Wellbeing. In this theme, you will learn about the power of the built environment to create spaces and places that keep us happy, healthy, active and included, whatever our age or ability.

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Construction and Accessible Design?

Accessibility and inclusion are important for us all to be able to use the places and spaces around us, especially if our health declines. How can construction create spaces that support people with challenging health conditions?

Construction and Health?

The streets where we live can play a big part in how safe we feel, and how likely we are to exercise or be active outdoors. How can construction help to design streets that encourage us to live a more healthy lifestyle?

Construction and Children’s Play?

Within every urban space there are certain areas for children's play. Some were designed, some were just adopted by children for their purpose. How can construction make sure all children have access to play?
1. Instructions from your Supervisor


Green spaces are important to the health and wellbeing of all citizens, and parks offer an opportunity to socialise, exercise, play and reflect. Urban green spaces, such as parks, playgrounds, and residential greenery, can promote mental and physical health, and reduce morbidity and mortality in urban residents by providing psychological relaxation and stress alleviation, stimulating social cohesion, supporting physical activity, and reducing exposure to air pollutants, noise and excessive heat. 

We are designing a landscaped parkland for dementia patients and we need to make sure that the space is easy to use and that patients can access the parkland independently or with assistance, as their condition determines. The design needs to be high-quality and the layout should be easy for patients to understand

There are some guidelines we follow in our work, including Contributing to building an inclusive society now and in the future and Applying the principles of inclusive design from the outset of a project

Dementia is a collection of symptoms that result from damage to the brain caused by different diseases. These symptoms vary according to the part of the brain that is damaged. Some common early symptoms may include:

  • memory loss
  • difficulty concentrating
  • finding it hard to carry out familiar daily tasks
  • being confused about time and place

I have a task that needs completing, and I’d really like your help.

I would like you to have a go at designing a landscaped parkland for dementia patients based on the guidance. You will create this on a design system called SketchUp, which can give us 2-dimensional designs as well as 3-dimensional mockups and virtual walkthroughs of our plans.

I’ve included the resources you need to complete the task, including documents, images, videos and templates. They should give you plenty of ideas and information.

Follow the instructions, and when you’re ready, complete your task. All this should take you about 45 minutes.

When you’re finished with your task, you can learn more about the employers, job roles and projects in this area of construction.