Centre for Accessible Environments have been working with Clementine Blakemore Architects and owner Nick Read on the conversion of Wraxall Yard, an old farm into five accessible holiday homes, where holiday makers can take part in farming activities and use a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk along the riverbank.
CAE was involved from the outset, supporting the refurbishment of the farm into an accessible design, working closely with the architects with accessibility as its core principle.
The entire site is single-story and step-free with an accessible kitchen featuring a rise-and-fall worktop. The bathrooms are planned with space for a carer if needed, and are accessible for wheelchair users.
Corinne Keany, CAE’s Inclusive Environments Specialist, said: “We are delighted to be working on Wraxall Yard. Accessibility has been improved where practically possible to meet with current standards for access. Our aim was to incorporate it in a manner that wouldn’t damage the aesthetic of the existing building.
“We know there is a lack of choice and location of accessible holiday homes in the UK and with the spending power of the UK’s more than 14m disabled people, and their families, we know the holiday homes will be in high demand.”
Farm owner Nick Read said: “We are extremely grateful to CAE for their advice on the design of Wraxall Yard. They were brought into our design team from the outset of the project on the basis that accessibility was a key principle. They provided our architect, Clementine Blakemore, with invaluable guidance throughout, no doubt helping us avoid costly mistakes as well as hugely contributing to the eventual experience for our guests.”
The cottages are due to open in 2022 and are already attracting interest from the local community and potential visitors.