Supported Walker bungalows win prestigious design award

Corporate

02.02.18

Karbon's development of five supported bungalows in Walker has achieved civic success by winning a prestigious design award.

supported bungalows

The bungalows won the accessibility category in the Lord Mayor's Design Awards run by Newcastle City Council.

The two bedroom homes were designed by JDDK architects specifically for residents with autism or learning difficulties, alongside one staff bungalow in a secure development with just one single point of entry adjacent to the staff office.

The bungalows are detached to avoid issues of sound transmission and feature flexible internal layouts with three currently equipped with baths and two with a fully accessible wet room.

The kitchen of each bungalow leads on to a private patio area with bedrooms on the most private and quietest side of the buildings.

Externally, the layout includes secure external gardens and allotment areas with the bungalows positioned as far as possible from any noise in the parking area and access road.

Karbon's development team was responsible for developing the new homes, while our Supported Housing Projects team is responsible for the specialist housing management working with the support provider Dimensions.

Vince Walsh, who led the development process, said: "We are very proud of the standard of work completed on Welbeck Close, with careful design providing a safe and accessible environment.
"The scheme provides a safe and accessible environment for residents with an entrance concealed from the street outside. We know the bungalows have been very popular with residents who love the tranquil environment, especially the landscaping and garden areas."

Welbeck Close was developed in partnership with Newcastle City Council and with funding from Homes England (formerly the Homes & Communities Agency).

JDDK won two categories at the Lord Mayor's Design awards, also taking home the refurbishment prize for its work on the Old Post Office on St Nicholas Street in Newcastle city centre.

Mura Mullan, JDDK Director, added: "We're absolutely delighted to have won these two prestigious award for projects right on our doorstep. While the difference between the two projects shows the width of the practice's expertise, the common factors of evidence-based design and placing the end-user at the centre of the design process is common.

"Both Karbon Homes and NBS were wonderful clients to work for and with whom we built great working relationships."

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