Leigh Road in Islington is a development of bespoke designed specialist housing for young adults with learning disabilities, aiming to encourage independent living, with additional support within a community setting. Following demolition of existing sub-standard accommodation on the site, the new building comprises 13 supported living units (9 x 1 bed, 2 x 2 bed and 2 x 3 bed), with communal facilities including lounge, quiet room, sensory room, assisted bathroom, reception, two offices and associated facilities for staff who are available 24 hours a day, together with landscaped gardens. Baily Garner were Employer’s Agent and Quantity Surveyors for this £2.7 million redevelopment project.
The fully accessible development at Leigh Road has been described as “flagship accommodation for people with learning disabilities” and was shortlisted for The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Award for “Excellence in Planning for the Community and Well-Being” in 2016. Islington Council, in partnership with Centre 404, the charity selected to deliver care and support to residents at Leigh Road, launched the new homes for people with learning disabilities in November 2014. Many residents at Leigh Road were previously living in care homes outside of the borough but now enjoy regular contact with their families. Centre 404 were also able to have some involvement in the construction and design choices of the building and have received feedback from tenants and families described as “amazingly positive”.