New development for a 16 unit supported-living facility for adults with physical and learning difficulties
Cowan Architects designed and secured sensitive planning permission for The Pines, which is a state-of-the-art, 16 unit supported-living facility operated by mcch for adults with physical and learning disabilities.
The scheme gives residents extra freedom with the provision of their own space and more independent living. Working alongside mcch and the care provider, The Avenues Trust, each resident enjoys their own self-contained, one-bedroom accessible flat which benefits from 24hr on-site care assistance should it be needed. Each flat gives life-time flexibility incorporating aspects such as knock-out walls to allow for the future installation of hoist systems, sufficient storage for equipment such as wheelchairs and generous room sizes for easy circulation.
Following a productive consultation process with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and neighbouring residents, a final scheme was agreed and submitted. The Chairman of the Planning Committee noted that the process was an “excellent example of how the applicant, agent, planning department and neighbours can work together to reach a good solution that pleases everybody” and as a result was unanimously approved by the Committee.
The Pines was formerly a home for 24 people living in four registered care bungalows with access to a day centre but it had become outdated and not fit for purpose. The new development will give residents a large self-contained flat – no longer having to share rooms with others. They will benefit from a lift, assistive technology and communal spaces for socialising and activities. The wheelchair accessible garden will be designed by the residents who will also choose colour schemes and finishes for their flats.
The building has been constructed under a Design & Build contract. Cowan Architects were re-employed by the contractor to produce both Building Regulations and Construction Details.
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