The Ashcombe Court development is the first of its type in the UK for residents with profound and multiple learning disabilities. The 10 flats were designed in conjunction with relatives, carers, support staff and advocacy partners and are fully accessible for specialist matrix type wheelchairs.
The site is within a conservation area and the pallet of materials and form of the building is designed to complement the surrounding 1930's detached family houses in a contemporary manner. During design development it was agreed that the building should not appear institutional but recognisable as individual homes allowing the residents an ability to identify their own flat due to its position on the site or through features such as bays including primary colours panels. Tracking systems and assisted technology, such as fall detectors, ensure people live as independently as possible and the development includes a place for staff to sleep, a shared laundry, a communal lounge, two additional spar bathrooms and also sensory gardens for the residents.