Community Housing Limited was approached in early 1995 by a group of families and carers who needed accommodation for a specific group of people with intellectual disabilities.
Current group accommodation was of poor quality and the group arrangement inspired much challenging behaviour and therefore high staffing levels to maintain care.
The choice of design was to develop a small cluster of 4 one and two bed units with a central staffing unit with immediate access to the separate units in the event of emergencies.
The two front units and staff bedsit were built as one structure but angled to the road which helped to animate the form.
The two front units were located either side of the staff unit so they could be accessed directly in case of emergencies.
Each unit had private open space. We used bull-nosed bricks at the corner of the units and 200 diameter round posts for verandas to minimize risk of injury to the residents. Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Much of the design is open plan with softened features should residents experience a fall.
The units were completed in December 1996, after an 18 month process including planning.