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BTP delivers homes for people with learning disabilities

Work on four supported living developments for people with diverse learning needs across Manchester has been completed.
BTP designed the homes, which are in Wythenshawe, New Moston, Harpurhey and Gorton. 
The developments comprising 70 self-contained one-bed apartments, offer multi-functional communal/sensory rooms, landscaped gardens, assistive technology provisions for its residents, onsite CCTV along with communal rooms and overnight stay provision.  Each apartment benefits from one bedroom, a living room, wet room facilities for bathing and specially adapted kitchens to support residents’ existing and ongoing needs.

BTP designed the homes, in collaboration with partners and experts in this field, making sure that all rooms are fully accessible. We also championed the use of assistive technologies to ensure the health and safety of residents and to future proof the scheme.
The £8 million initiative has been funded in partnership with Manchester City Council (MCC), the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and Registered Providers (RPs) Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group and Great Places Housing Group.

Vicky Saunders, BTP Managing Director, said: “It was great to work so collaboratively with the other partners to ensure we created homes which will help to transform people’s lives, now and in the future. I’m really proud to have designed these homes, which include facilities to benefit residents in the long term.”

Charlie Norman, Group Chief Executive of Mosscare St Vincent’s said: “Providing homes to meet the many needs and aspirations of individuals in society is at the heart of our business.  I feel very strongly that we are here to support better life chances for people, and these new beautifully adapted homes will help residents flourish in their communities”

Helen Spencer, Director of Development from Great Places Housing Group said: “We’re committed to helping people find homes that are right for them, which includes providing homes for those with learning disabilities. We’re proud to have been a part of delivering such a successful project.”

“These new specialist homes will provide much needed tailored accommodation for people with learning disabilities, providing the first steps towards independence.”

Andrea Lowman, Executive Director of Development at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group said, “We are delighted to welcome residents into our first specialist supported housing scheme. This is an important step in delivering positive outcomes for people with learning disabilities so they can live independent lives in the community. Scout Drive is a great addition to Wythenshawe and is a shining example of partnership working with four of these specialist schemes being built across Manchester”.

Chair of the WCHG Board the Bishop of Manchester, The Right Revd, Dr David Walker, said, “How we provide for those with specific and particular needs is a strong indication of the moral compass of the society in which we live. I am delighted that WCHG will be able to play its part in ensuring both good quality housing and appropriate services for those who will come to live here, and who we will welcome as our friends and neighbours”.The 70 new homes were built by developers P Casey and Company Ltd, and Engie.

BTP is a highly skilled team of architects and design professionals based in Stockport with a strong track record over the past 70 years in a range of architectural fields.


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