Leading Hampshire-based disability charity Enham Trust officially opened their award winning Bradbury Place development, consisting of eight fully accessible one & two bedroom apartments in Andover town centre, on 27th August.
Designed in collaboration with Winchester architects Design Engine and a panel of Enham Trust’s disabled clients, Bradbury Place recently won the Richard Feilden Award at the 2015 Housing Design Awards, recognising the development as the best example of housing enabled by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Attended by key members of the local community, and invaluable benefactors including Hugh Inman of the Bradbury Foundation, the opening gave all present the opportunity to hear first-hand from the charity’s disabled clients currently residing in Bradbury Place, the positive impact the development has had on their lives.
For 27 year old Bradbury Place resident Cherie, who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, moving into the development has changed her life entirely.
“Life with a disability is never easy. Even the simplest things can seem like a battle,” remarks Cherie. “I have cerebral palsy and can’t use my right side. There are some things I need support to do but I wanted to be more independent.
“In the bungalow I lived in before, it wasn’t set up for my needs. The worktops in the kitchen were too high so I couldn’t even make a drink for myself.
“When I got offered one of the flats at Bradbury Place I was really excited. For the first time this would mean living in my own place and it being tailored to my individual needs. I feel so lucky to be living in Bradbury Place and the opportunities it is opening up for me. Being more independent makes me feel great about myself.”
Bradbury Place is a perfect example of Enham Trust’s vital work; supporting as many disabled people as possible across the country to live lives of choice, control and independence.
For more information about Enham Trust, please visit: www.enhamtrust.org.uk