Shared accommodation for people with severe physical disabilities. The brief required a fully wheelchair accessible home to enable 5 people with severe physical disabilities to lead an independent a life as possible whilst receiving the support they need to do this.
The project has been designed to Habinteg standards. Carefully considered demolition in the original house allowed us to create generous and straightforward circulation with a lift to the first floor. Shared living spaces look onto the garden and are big enough for the whole household to sit together. All bedrooms have wheelchair accessible ensuite bathrooms, some with hoists, and have sunny views out either over the street or the garden. The rooms vary in size and orientation to meet a variety of different needs. Bathrooms will have individual colour schemes that can be chosen by the Residents. Socket outlets, lights etc. are carefully placed for the convenience of people who may spend many hours in bed. Rooflights and glazed doors allow circulation areas to be naturally lit and dado panels with laser cut patterns give character whilst protecting the walls. Ramps, terraces, canopies and raised planter beds give wheelchair access to the garden and to gardening. Support facilities include plenty of storage, a laundry room with a sluice and wheelchair charging points.