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BTP designed homes for supported living get green light

A contract for four supported units for people with learning disabilities across Manchester has been granted planning permission. The £8 million initiative is funded in partnership with Manchester City Council (MCC), Registered Providers (RPs), Mosscare St Vincent's, Wythenshawe Community and Great Places Housing Groups and the Homes Community Agency (HCA). 

Working in collaboration with MCC and the three RPs, BTP Architects has designed 70 apartments over the four sites, with careful attention to detail. The accommodation is adaptable to take into account the diverse needs of its future residents.

With work expected to start in March 2018, there will be staff and communal facilities on site and provision for the latest assistive technologies according to the needs of the residents.
 
The four sites are in Wythenshawe, New Moston, Harpurhey and Gorton.

During a series of four workshops, BTP agreed the design with MCC and other stakeholders, which includes 360 degree circulation and access to all rooms. BTP championed the use of assistive technologies to ensure the health and safety of residents and to future proof the scheme including integral wiring, control systems and u-drains.

BTP Managing Director, Vicky Saunders, said: “The workshops allowed for plenty of discussion to ensure the units were both fit for purpose and for the future. Developing homes for people with learning difficulties involves looking at cost-effective, easy-to-use facilities that will benefit the residents long term.”

Visualisation of one of proposed schemes.

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