An architectural firm in Huddersfield has had one of their recent projects shortlisted, in the Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2017.
One care expert who worked on the project with the architectural practice described how the latest technology installed in the property has given the disabled person “more independence and allows them to have control over their environment for the first time in their life.”
France and Associates, based at the Media Centre in Huddersfield, have as a result of the success been shortlisted in two categories for “Best Extension or Alteration to an Existing House” and “Best Inclusive Building”.
Jonathan France MCIAT, owner of the company, said: “we are delighted for this recognition, given the complexity of the project, and life changing improvements it will make to the clients life. We are proud of our hardworking team. It has been a joy to be involved and work alongside leading experts in the field.”
The finalist’s specialise in property adaptations for disabled persons and presently boast projects up and down the country. “We don’t typically like to use the word ‘disabled’,” continues Jonathan, “simply because we believe that good design should be inclusive of any person’s needs, age or other limitations.” The shortlisted project included extensive alterations to an existing seven bedroom detached home, it comprised the removal of 60% of internal walls, improving the thermal efficiency of the building and the extension of the original building footprint by 25%. Jonathan continues: “where the project stands out is the inclusion for inclusive smart technology, which will allow the client to increase her independence the older she gets, making it not only a successful adaptation now, but also a sustainable one that will serve her needs in the future.”
The results of our area winner for the award will be announced at the ceremony on the 14th June 2017, held at The Principal York Hotel, York, who will then be shortlisted for the grand finals held in London.