Accessible graduate accommodation nearing completion

Over the summer we've been preparing a fully accessible room in our graduate accommodation, located in Holywell Street. Our aim has been to replicate for graduates what we already offer for undergraduate students, based on the principle that every student's experience of the accommodation we offer should - as far as possible - be the same, regardless of their specific access requirements.

Two en suite rooms have been converted into an accessible room with a full wet room and a small kitchenette. The area has been redesigned to allow an adjoining room to be used by a carer, with an enclosed corridor between the two rooms - if carer's accommodation is not required it can thus be used separately.

The wet room has been equipped not only - of course - to meet current Building Regulations but also on the advice of access experts. For example, the basin is fully automatic - it can be raised and lowered, and the taps and plug operated, all by remote control. The kitchenette will have a low-level sink along with space for a kettle, microwave etc. Doors and curtain rails can all be opened-and closed!-via a Possum infrared remote control unit.

The room will be equipped with a full range of specialist furniture, including bed, bedside table, wardrobe and desk; but all designed to fit with the décor of the room (rather than having an 'institutional' look).

As well as the room itself, we are installing a stairlift allowing access to the communal facilities in the basement area of A block; and a gate by the Lodge will be automated to allow ease of access to and from the Quad.

The work is due to be completed for the start of Michaelmas Term and the arrival of the room’s first Graduate occupant.

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