Disability charity Enham Trust’s new wheelchair accessible housing development, designed by Winchester architects Design Engine, has been shortlisted for a 2015 Housing Design Award.
Bradbury Place in Andover, Hampshire is one of 18 projects chosen from a field of over 100 completed entries.
Bradbury Place has been specially designed to provide eight one and two-bedroom wheelchair-accessible apartments, within 500 metres of the town centre of Andover, Hampshire.
At the heart of this project lies Enham Trust’s driving ambition to help people living with a disability, to progress through a transition programme out of supported living towards greater independence. This programme enables people who have previously relied on 24-hour care to have greater confidence to live as independently as possible.
Enham Trust identified this site as one which, when developed, would bring people living with a disability closer to Andover and thus offer its clients better access to shops and services, present greater opportunity for them to find suitable work and therefore achieve greater self-reliance.
Working within the constraints of a challenging site, Design Engine delivered a commercially viable scheme which meets all the clients’ requirements. All of the apartments are fully accessible and cater for the needs of wheelchair users according to current design standards for this type of accommodation.
Victoria Leesam, Property Regeneration Executive, Enham Trust, said: “We wanted to design Bradbury Place as somewhere that would support those people living with a disability to live the lives they choose. Throughout the whole design process we encouraged disabled people to have a say, this helped us to develop homes which truly catered for their needs.”
Rodney Graham, Director of Design Engine said: “We are thrilled that this tremendously worthwhile project has been recognised by the Housing Design Awards- fully deserved affirmation for the outstanding service provided by the Enham Trust.”