Case Study

Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11

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Working in partnership with our customer, a national charity, we acquired, designed and developed a brand new, high-quality adaptable home. The property supports a wide range of needs including autism, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and onset dementia.

What We Did

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Engaging with our customer, we carefully listened to their challenges and needs – and were able to identify a single storey property as the best long-term housing solution. Located within close proximity to the existing property, the new property had access to local transport links and amenities.

We partnered with a specialist architect – and combining our expertise, we extended re-configured the building to create additional rooms and carried out a full refurbishment.

It was re-wired and re-plumbed to include a new boiler and 250-litre water tank which would support the hot water supply of 3 bathrooms simultaneously.

The bathrooms were transformed into accessible and pleasant spaces with high-end comfort height sanitaryware, large format tiles and stainless steel removable grab rails.

In the communal areas and bedrooms, we fitted flooring that was warm to the touch, highly durable, waterproof, and with a slip rating that matched typical vinyl floors.

All doorways were widened, with level access thresholds to aid wheelchair movement throughout. Embedded infrastructure for ceiling track hoists in all the bedrooms and wet rooms, cabling throughout the rooms with access points for telephone, television, internet and CAT 6 cabling.

Safety features included the installation of a smart fire suppression system. Using heat and smoke detectors in tandem, this system identifies and targets a fire in a given room, rather than activating across the whole property (saving damage to unaffected rooms).

The installation of features and equipment was done in such a way that everything could be hidden – meaning it looked and felt like a contemporary home.


The Outcome

The final result was a flexible, innovative home that can support the current and future needs of four people and an overnight carer. And because it’s located nearby to the previous property, this caused minimal disruption to residents and allowed care workers to easily access the property.

The feedback was amazing – and the residents had made a successful transition and settled quickly into their new home. We provided security of tenure with a long-term lease on the property. And all of this was done in just nineteen weeks.



Flexible home meeting multiple care & support needs

Safe environment – Smart fire suppression system in all rooms
4 bedrooms, 3 wet rooms (2 ensuite) plus additional bedroom for overnight carer
Wheelchair accessible throughout – level access
Built in adaptations in wet rooms (inc comfort height WC, removable grab rails)
All bedrooms and wet rooms have track-hoist infrastructure embedded in ceilings – ready for use when needed
Assistive technology – cabling embedded for automatic door openers and other technology
Architecturally designed to create a home from home but with all the requirements of supporting a variety of needs

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