RNIB residential site under development
Redhill facility will create accommodation for 50 residents
The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s (RNIB) former residential site in Redhill is currently undergoing development to create specialised accommodation for up to 50 residents.
In addition, the development, which is being handled by Countryside Properties, will include the refurbishment of a Grade II listed Tudor House and Garden Cottage, as well as the UK's first sensory trail which will use sound, smells and textures to aid navigation around the site. The site will also provide 77 new homes for sale on the open market.
Planning permission was granted for the site in November 2015, and after an initial demolition and infrastructure programme, the RNIB homes are now underway. The first specialist accommodation is expected to be completed by spring next year.
RNIB director of development, Keith Valentine, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Countryside Properties on the Redhill redevelopment. It is a great example of how accessibility and inclusion can be, and should be, part of the design process right from the start. We are excited to be part of the creation of a development that encourages inclusion and showcases how simple changes to housing can make a difference to the quality of life for people with a wider range of disabilities.”