coombes:everitt News Planning secured for £6m National Star development

Planning secured for £6m National Star development

June 28, 2022

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Coombes everitt has won planning permission for a new specialist residence at National Star’s Ullenwood campus in Gloucestershire.

The charity provides specialist further education, personal development, and residential services for young people with complex disabilities and learning difficulties from across the UK.

The new residence will provide specially adapted accommodation for young people with disabilities that fully meets their complex needs and provides stimulating spaces to live, learn and relax.

Each of the 13 bedrooms will have specialist overhead tracking hoists and ensuite facilities ensuring that privacy and dignity is maintained for those with high levels of personal care needs. There will be wide corridors that can easily accommodate large electric wheelchairs ensuring everyone can easily move around their home.

There will also be sensory/break-out spaces to support those with autism, sensory processing disorders and behavioural challenges as well as large communal areas which will be used for life skills sessions.

The scheme marks 10 years of delivering successful projects for National Star, with specialist accommodation in Bradbury Gardens, Cheltenham, marking their first work for the charity starting in 2012. Opening in 2015, Bradbury Gardens went on to win the ‘Most Inclusive Building’ at the West of England LABC Awards and a prestigious Cheltenham Civic Award.

“We’re delighted to again be working with Coombes everitt,” said National Star Chief Executive David Ellis.

“They understand the needs of the young people we support and truly grasp the ethos and vision of the charity. That makes all the difference to a project like this as they have created a building that truly reflects those who will live there. Not only will young people be able to live there comfortably and safely but the space will enable them develop and thrive.”

National Star has also recently appointed regional contractor Speller Metcalfe to construct the development.