Building adapted housing for wheelchair users in town and city centres

There is increasing demand for specially adapted accommodation for people in wheelchairs, as a result of demographic changes, and people with disabilities living both longer and more independent lives. These homes are much larger than traditional properties, with wider doors and corridors to allow for wheelchair turning circles. In particular kitchens and bathrooms are specially adapted, designed for the particular needs of each individual occupier.

Wheelchair adapted accommodation has traditionally been provided in bungalows which, because of the land requirement to build them, are almost always in suburban settings, often combined with housing for the elderly. This case study considers the experience of building, and living in, adapted accommodation in town centres, from the point of view of both the organisation and the occupants. The most unusual element of the project is the provision of adapted properties above the ground floor in multi storey apartment blocks.


The full case study can be downloaded below.