Habinteg is pleased to announce the opening of Goodrich Court in Hounslow, our new inclusive housing scheme of Lifetime Homes and wheelchair accessible properties.
The development, which was part funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA), was officially opened by our Vice-Chair Andrew Gibson on Wednesday 30th November 2016, and will provide new tenants with accessible and adaptable properties.
The development is named in memory of Sue Goodrich in recognition of her tireless work in creating better housing opportunities for disabled people. Sue was a champion of independent living and strong advocate of accessible inclusive housing as a Board member at Habinteg and Livability.
This architect led development is a strong demonstration of Habinteg’s expertise and commitment to accessible, easily adaptable, inclusively designed, affordable new homes. The scheme is a timely reminder of the positive impact of the principles of accessibility and flexible, adaptable design. The properties have been finished in consultation with an occupational therapist.
Goodrich Court provides a high specification example to government, local authorities, planners and developers of the type of mainstream inclusive housing design required to meet the inclusive demands of the UK’s ageing population going forward. The scheme also clearly expresses Habinteg’s founding principle – developing places to live where disabled and non-disabled people can live as neighbours.
Habinteg Vice-Chair, Andrew Gibson, said:
“I extend a warm welcome to Sue Goodrich’s family who have joined us today. We’re proud to pay this tribute to Sue with this excellent new scheme.
“We are delighted to open this new development of accessible homes here in Hounslow. These Habinteg Lifetime Homes and wheelchair accessible properties demonstrate that accessibility can be both attractive and affordable, therefore providing the best possible inclusive housing solutions for local people.
“I would like to thank the London Borough of Hounslow and the GLA for their support and partnership in this project. London continues to set a national example on inclusive and accessible homes through the London Plan and long may that continue. It’s also really important to thank our local developers, Star Contractors. We know that the government is looking to increase the number of small and medium sized housebuilders to help build the new homes that the country needs. Star have clearly shown the quality of their work here.”