One of Hampshire’s newest care homes has received a top award – less than a year after it opened.

The £6million Hartwood House complex in Lyndhurst has won the Best Regeneration category in the Pinders Healthcare Design Awards, which recognise excellence in the industry.

Run by Hartford Care, the building was opened last June by former That’s Life! presenter Esther Rantzen, who lives in Bramshaw.

Speaking at the time the 72-year-old broadcaster said: “I was so impressed with the imagination and care that has gone into every detail of the design, from the pictures on the walls to the comfort of the chairs. It reinforces the idea that getting older can be a happy experience and care homes can be attractive and reassuring for residents and their families.”

The complex includes a former care home that stood on the same site and retains the best features of the original building.

A Hartford Care spokesman said: “Its state-of-the-art facilities have been designed to meet the individual needs of its residents.

“Every element of design at Hartwood House is tailored to correspond to Hartford Care’s values of care, comfort and companionship. The accommodation has been specifically designed to foster a real sense of community, resulting in carefully planned communal areas that provide maximum ease and flexibility of use.

“The open-plan design and central location of the communal areas ensure they are easy to identify and locate.

“The open, friendly and accessible design has also made it possible to incorporate workstations so staff can complete necessary administrative tasks while remaining fully accessible to residents.

“Rooms take their names from local places of interest and there are plenty of them, with sun lounges, activity rooms and a library.

Commenting on the award Hartford Care’s chief executive, Sean Gavin, said: “We’re delighted that our passion for providing the best possible care for our residents has been recognised. I’d like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to our staff and residents for bringing our dreams to life.”