Today we launch 2 accessible bungalows which occupy the same plot as a standard 2-bedroom home (69.7m2). We hope the designs will persuade developers to explore more options for accessible housing.

 

Built in Papworth Everard in Cambridgeshire, both bungalows meet the accessibility standards set by Lifetime Homes and Wheelchair Accessible Designs. In addition, one has been fitted with cutting edge technology including:

  • Tablet/phone controlled door openers
  • Tablet/phone controlled window openers and automatic curtain openers
  • Automatic blinds
  • Automated light switches in hallway and both bedrooms
  • Light modules to lounge
  • Video door entry system to front door
  • The 2 waves control system means that all technology works even if the internet is down.

The government accepts that there is a shortage of housing specifically designed to meet the needs of disabled people and the ageing population. The IPPR Disability 2020 Report states that by 2020 only 12% of properties are likely to meet ‘visitability’ standards for disabled people.

Papworth Trust Chief Executive Vicky McDermott said,

The Government’s emerging policy is around ending the housing crisis within a generation. For the generation that follows, it is essential that we build more accessible homes like our bungalows to prevent the next housing crisis.

We have been sharing our plans with Ministers, Local Authorities, developers, housing associations and charities, all of which have been keen to see more. We would like to welcome any organisation or person interested in building an accessible home to get in touch.

National Housing Federation Chief Executive David Orr says:

If we want to house our future, we need to start building for it. Implementing ideas such as Papworth Trust’s visionary bungalows will mean that people needing accessible homes can finally have some options available to them.

(1) English Housing Survey, Homes Report 2011, p.39

 

If you're interested in working with us to build space-saving bungalows, please call us on 0800 952 5000 or email info@papworthtrust.org.uk