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LM (a child) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation - A fully wheelchair accessible home for a client living with ambulant disability.

We were asked by the client's Court of Protection solicitor, to prepare two alternative schemes for the property. The first by way of retaining the existing building, remodelling and extending the existing building; the second option to replace the existing dwelling with a new dwelling.

At the time of the design and build, the client was ambulant disabled (i.e. able to move around and not confined to a bed or wheelchair) however, he was very unsteady on his feet and because of future physical deterioration, the property needed to be fully wheelchair accessible.

After reviewing the cost forecast for the project, it was decided in the best interest of the client to redevelop the site to form a new dwelling. 

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Project Specifications
Inclusive Design
New Build
Key Build Features:
Carers accommodation
Sensory garden
Smart tech
Therapy room
Wheelchair accessible

The client in this case suffered severe brain damage as a result of negligent delivery at birth resulting in bilateral tetraparetic cerebral palsy co-existing with severe cognitive, social and communication impairments and profound autism

What we did

We applied for planning consent in early 2018 for a 7-bedroom house, which also included carers accommodation. Planning consent was achieved in April 2018, with the later technical design stage inclusive of various specific reports for the construction phase.

We liaised with LM’s Case Manager, and reviewed reports from LM’s Occupational Therapist to understand what the client required from the property.

The tender process completed in late July 2018, and work began on the build in October 2018. We acted as contract administrators throughout the build, and the client moved into their new home in December 2019.

Accessibility and other features

  • Carers accommodation – including kitchenette and en suite bathroom
  • Specialist en suite bathroom that includes assisted toilet, bath, shower, shower bench and body drier
  • Accessible bedrooms (ground floor)
  • Automated doors
  • Therapy room
  • Automated window blinds for the bedroom and therapy room
  • Level access and wheelchair accessible throughout
  • Sensory garden

Other interested parties.

Innova

Schofield and Sons

Andrea Parry - OT

 

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