Raft of measures mean homes are accessible for all

Date: Wednesday 03 September 2014

TWEL Chobham Manor sales centre web

Disabled people seeking a brand new home that’s perfect for their needs will find just what they are looking for at Chobham Manor, the first residential neighbourhood on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

The London Legacy Development Corporation and Chobham Manor LLP, a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and L&Q, have designed a neighbourhood suitable for a wide range of Londoners who want to build their lives in an exciting new community, including well-designed homes for wheelchair users.

All of the homes at Chobham Manor will be designed to meet Lifetime Homes Standards, ensuring they are suitable for the changing needs of residents at different stages of life, including people with mobility impairments.

In addition, 10 per cent of homes at Chobham Manor will include features to ensure they are adaptable for wheelchair users.

Simon Baxter, spokesperson for Chobham Manor LLP, says: “A key aim of Chobham Manor is to become a neighbourhood that is suitable for a wide range of people – if it wasn’t, it simply wouldn’t be a neighbourhood.

“The wheelchair adaptable homes which we are providing across Chobham Manor will have space standards built into their design and will require minor non-structural alterations to make them fully wheelchair accessible.”

The first phase of homes at Chobham Manor went on sale in May, and includes three wheelchair adaptable properties – a one and a two-bedroom apartment, plus a three-bedroom house.

Features of these wheelchair adaptable homes include provision of accessible parking spaces, internal mobility scooter storage and charge points, allowance for full wheelchair circulation within the homes and communal spaces and storage.

In addition, Lifetime Homes Standards include features such as accessible communal lifts, allowance for wheelchair turning spaces in living and dining areas, the potential for future stair lift installation, space for through-the-floor lifts in houses and duplex apartments, accessible bathrooms and increased hallway widths.

Chobham Manor LLP are also supporting this year’s National Paralympic Day on Saturday 30 August. Visitors to the event, which includes international sports competition for just £5 and a free family festival showcasing disability sports and arts, will be encouraged to visit the Sales and Marketing Suite to learn more about the accessible homes.