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Case History 'The Pilling Lane Model' - A method of housing those who cannot live with others

This design of supported housing was originated and championed by those at T.P Properties, and became known locally as 'The Pilling Lane Model'.  It could be argued that this type of scheme comes under the umberella of 'cohousing' as defined by Riseborough in 2013:

'Cohousing is often described as an intentional community, since it is more than housing alone and offers people access to a friendly, supportive community which the members develop and sustain... (Varieties) share key cohousing principles - individual homes for occupants, a communal space where people come together to share a meal and other social activities including formal meetings, a commitment towards respecting and supporting each other, living alongside people as a community and living sustainably.'

We are exceedingly proud to have conceived this true personalisation concept which offers a 'win-win' for all concerned, the:

  • Tenant has their personalisation agenda fully met, with risks holistically considered and addressed, and opportunities built into the architecture to allow for self growth
  • Support provision is used from the outset in the most cost effective and safe manner, and has through the build design opportunities for reduction
  • Support purchasing agency is fully consulted and can demonstrate 'best value' ideology from the outset, and the increased possibility of cost reduction
  • Housing is provided 'right first time' reducing the need for any costly future changes, and increasing the likelihood of the tenant being content therefore staying for life.

The beauty of having employees from the care sector in-house, means that real creativity can be added to the property design process to make a home bespoke, cost effect and future proofed.

The 'Pilling Lane Model' takes suitable property and carves it into two individual living spaces, which are then joined by an agreed method to allow support to be shared, and through this linking vehicle some opportunity for socialisation to be offered.  This design suits those who have been assessed as needing singular residencies; with one requiring a high number of hours and the other more of the 'background' or 'floating' type.  The nature of the architecture allows a single carer to offer the support comprehensively and safely, slashing costs considerably, yet being true to 'personalisation' ideology.  

The latest version of this concept was built around the needs of two individuals from long stay institutional settings.  After a full and lengthy consultation with all interested parties, the three month full conversion included:

  • Partnership with a high quality certificated national construction firm
  • Two front doors at different positions of the property to instill the sense of two single person dwellings
  • Two self contained apartments, having their own kitchen, bathroom and lounge areas
  • Divide stud walling with fire break considerations to minimise the impact of any arson attempt, as required by suitable risk assessment
  • A strategically placed lockable fire door to allow the support staff to access either dwelling in the event on an emergency
  • Conversion of the garage into a shared and lockable 'sleep room' facility so that this provision and cost can be shared by both tenants
  • Large conservatory offering a 'link' between the dwellings and a socialisation area, which required suitable drainage and pilling
  • Light switches with fifteen minute over run timers saving energy
  • Assistive technology to reduce the support
  • Removal of all stones from the exterior of the property, as defined by risk assessment
  • Full rewire and very defined positioning of the electrical sockets, as defined by risk assessment
  • Full fire system including doors, smoke and heat detectors and necessary roof space separation
  • Lighting relocation
  • Sound separation
  • Radiator covers and tamper proof radiators, as defined by risk assessment
  • Consideration of utility services
  • Adaption of the garden
  • Lockable kitchen fixtures, as defined by risk assessment
  • Tenant selection of carpeting and decoration

As a result of the careful joint planning, execution and high quality construction, the two tenants have experienced a decrease in 'incidents' and thus hours of support have been carefully reduced.  However, more importantly, the residents have made huge strides in socialisation, language development, community presence and participation.  The two individuals recognise they have a 'home for life' which has provided the right setting and impetus for them to make positive changes to their lives.

It feels prudent to end with the words of Alex Fox, as there seems no better way to explain the efforts behind 'The Pilling Lane Model':

'From my perspective and that of a provider interested in delivering better outcomes for people, personalisation needs to mean far more than just giving people money.  We need people to have a real choice of good and tailored services to spend that money on.  There's no point in outsourcing decision making to people if they find it's just a new responsibility with none of the choice.  So we need that genuine choice and market building.  That has to be for everyone, not just for people who can speak up for themselves.'