Designers & Developers
AccessiblePRS works with developers and designers to provide tailored advice and solutions, to counter worrying failures in current UK housing.
Older people are not seeing the kinds of aspirational and accessible homes to encourage them to downsize, freeing up larger family homes.
People with unmet housing needs (mobility, sensory and learning difficulties) cannot find suitable housing that enables them to fully participate in life. This also affects their families and communities, contributes to poor mental health, lack of productivity and additional cost to government.
New housing communities are often being designed for specific demographics, excluding real accessibility, which shows a worrying lack of sustainability, community and consideration for possible future occupants.
People are having to move to residential care homes at great personal and national cost because they are unable to stay in their own homes when their mental and physical conditions decline.
- The link between poor housing and poor mental health is well documented.
Developers are becoming increasingly aware of sustainability and CSR for branding and reputation as a determining factor of profitability – short and long-term.
BtR companies holding stock which includes all people will stay ahead of the curve. This is financially smart and positive branding, particularly as the market gains awareness, and proponents for accessibility become increasingly mainstream.
Guy’s approach to designing living spaces for everyone brought home just how relevant and important accessibility as a design concept is for us - individually, as a community and to meet our sustainability ambitions. It was extremely valuable to benefit from his experience and knowledge at the beginning of our community development journey.
Jeremy Dent, New Forest Cohousing
As an architect working on private houses across the UK it’s easy to assume that the Building Regulations will ensure full accessibility in my designs. Working with Guy has been invaluable in understanding that accessibility goes far beyond minimum-sized turning spaces in bathrooms and kitchen and, with a bit of imagination, helps to create homes that are easier and more enjoyable for all of us to use.
Sam Foster, Sam Foster Architects
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