Dundee 'smart homes' to facilitate independent living
May 4 2020
The Charleston area of Dundee has been earmarked for 66 fully accessible flats and houses as part of a broader masterplan.
Led by Lewis & Hickey the project centres on an area of open ground on Brownhill Street leftover from demolition in the 1990s. Now Blackwood Homes & Care propose to provide wheelchair accessible homes for social rent in accordance with space standards with two-bedroom flats weighing in at 80sq/m and the largest five-bedroom homes providing 170sq/m of internal living space.
All homes will be finished in buff brick with grey timber accentuating entrances. Low maintenance gardens will include generous areas of hardstanding and raised planters.
In a briefing statement, the practice wrote: "Lewis and Hickey have worked with Blackwood to develop a new housing concept providing fully inclusive and accessible homes that are flexible and adaptable to changing needs.
"The developments will accommodate nine sites that will integrate with the existing urban context. These developments aim to enhance and contribute to the local community providing affordable housing which respects the Human Rights of all."
Each property will be classed as a 'smart home' with fibre broadband and access to a digital care system designed to facilitate independent living among tenants.
This will enable occupiers to remotely control automated functions within the home, connected directly to external care and service providers.
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