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ArkleBoyce designs accessible house for stroke survivor

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ArkleBoyce Architects has submitted plans for a home in rural Bedfordshire tailored to the needs of a client who suffered a stroke last year

The 418m² house on the green belt site in the Chilterns is the practice’s second home ’designed specifically for accessible use’, having won approval for a five-storey, wheelchair-accessible house in York in December.

According to the Leeds-based studio, the scheme creates ’a new home with carer’s accommodation for a couple who are moving from a Grade II-listed 17th century farmhouse due to the requirements of one of the occupants, who sadly suffered a stroke in 2018’.

The ’low-lying contemporary response’ in the area of outstanding natrual beauty will be built from local flint and timber and replaces an existing, run-down property.

A spokesperson for the practice said: ’The forefront of our approach has been to meet the clients specific needs but also create a dwelling that opens up and embraced this very special setting.

’The scheme utilises a green roof to minimise any visual impact of the proposal, reduce rainwater run-off and provide increased biodiversity of plant life and an additional habitat for wildlife.’

Subject to approval, work could begin on site in Spring 2020

Proposed ground floor plan

Proposed ground floor plan

Project data

Location Bedfordshire
Type of project One-off residential
Client Shortgrove Development
Architect ArkleBoyce
Status Planning
Gross internal floor area 418m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Total cost Undisclosed

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Model image

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  • Industry Professional

    Looks good and sensibly planned EXCEPT an unnecessarily tight entrance into the master bedroom and this room could have been arranged better to permit direct hoist connection between bed and shower room.

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