This design is informed by requirements set by Occupational Therapist of the Client. Designed works need to be approved by NIHE (Northern Ireland Housing Executive) before applications for Planning Approval and Building Control Approval will be made. Occupational Therapist requirements list full provisions needed for accommodating a wheelchair-bound person. This consists of a bedroom and bathroom and such accommodation needs to be accessible by a ramp or lift from the street level. Due to fact, that existing vertical circulation that is complex (and with mid-landing), installation of stairs-lift or lift is not feasible. Converting existing Ground Floor Level space to create required rooms is not feasible either, mostly due to narrow site, that the building seats on. In this conditions creation of an extension is a necessity. It is easier choice taking into account that the site is very deep and accessible to public road from the rear making it main access point for the occupier.

The illustration shows first outline design and is one of two schemes presented to the Client.

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