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Housing project completed for disabled residents

20th October 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

A housing project that is set to benefit a great number of disabled and mobility restricted individuals in Stoke-on-Trent has been completed nine weeks ahead of its original deadline. The housing project was taken on by Novus Property Solutions in which they constructed eight properties which featured ramps for ease of access and wide stairs so that new stair lifts could be fitted easily.

The £900,000 contract with Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society, has now provided high quality affordable housing to those that will benefit from the increased accessibility features. As mentioned above, this includes ramps and wide staircases, as well as light fittings which are installed at suitable heights.

Great news for disabled residents

The terraced homes on Thurston Way, which are built on the site of a recently demolished derelict public house, boast front and back gardens and have all had electrics, plumbing, roofing and plastering completed by the Novus team. Also, following the Code for Sustainable Homes, the properties are well-insulated and energy efficient.

The architect Ellis Hillman has also designed the eight properties in order to comply with the Secured by Design initiative, which uses a variety of security standards to prevent crime and protect those that are more vulnerable. Those with disabilities moving into the properties will be able to benefit from the specially adapted designs, which also allow for easy installation of spacious walk in baths and showers.

Although owned by the Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society, the properties will be managed by the local housing association, Aspire Housing, who currently provide more than 20,000 people with affordable homes in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Many disabled and elderly people are unable to afford to buy or rent properties from a private landlord, so the introduction of the eight new affordable houses will be warmly welcomed by those in the Stoke-on-Trent area.

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