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Carmarthenshire County Council commissioned us to establish a one-stop information shop for disabled and disadvantaged people in the Coleshill Centre for Economic Inclusion. This was to become a building that not only met the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act, but acted as an exemplary model for future projects.
It needed to contain;
• A fully networked IT suite with wireless hubs across the building
• A fully refurbished and equipped kitchen with adapted/disability friendly features
• A woodworking workshop
• Demonstration area for daily living equipment
• Bathroom and toilet facilities
• A pottery training facility with working kiln
• A totally modernised and highly efficient heating system
• A specially adapted gym facility for disabled people
We were required to provide Architectural Services up to and including RIBA stages F/G on a direct appointment to Carmarthenshire County Council. This included design team leadership. We also needed to deliver post-contract services, including the attendance of progress meetings, and advising the Client and Contactor on matters of specification and quality.
Target cost of £1.6 million
Number of Units
Single unit care facility
2009 – 2012
A detailed programme of meetings were organised, where our design team collaborated with the client representatives, end users and contractor. With an emphasis on cost control even the funding partners were invited to meetings so that they could provide invaluable input to the proceedings. Regular progress meetings ensured that all parties were up-to-date at all points of the project.
Designing a fully accessible facility within the confines of an existing building structure that met the requirements of the building regulations, Disability Discrimination Act and client brief presented many challenges. These included physical access and circulation around the building as well as elements such as the design of suitable colour schemes to accommodate those with impaired vision. From the early stages of project design, we worked closely with both the Local Authority Building Control Officers and Access Officer to ensure that all aspects of the DDA were addressed.