June 2017 Lyonsdown Road Official Opening
In June Archadia attended the official opening of Lyonsdown Road, an adapted home for people with PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties).
Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. Archadia worked closely with Norwood staff, prospective parents and Occupational Therapists to create a new home for young adults with PMLD.
The existing property was completely remodelled internally to provide a large accessible kitchen with adjustable height worktops and an assisted bathroom suitable for different needs. The work also included converting an old conservatory to a state of the art sensory area that doubled as a living space when not in use. Assistive technology has been integrated throughout including: door, window and curtain opening devices that can be controlled through eye gaze technology, this has maximised the level of independence for residents.
The renovation was designed to high accessibility standards to suit larger wheelchair tuning circles, doors were widened and thresholds levelled to allow for the space to be used with ease. The material palette balanced the need for high durability with homely features that suited the aspirations of the residents.
Norwood Chief Executive Elaine Kerr added: ‘This is Norwood’s first smart house and it sets a very high standard that we want to continue into the future. A lot of our homes already have similar technology that wasn’t built in from scratch but added later. If I had my wish, every single person in Norwood’s accommodation services would live in a house like this.”