We recently installed an interesting kitchen at the University Campus of Aylesbury Vale (UCAV), a campus of Buckinghamshire New University in central Aylesbury. This accessible kitchen forms part of a fully equipped assisted living space from the Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living delivered by Bucks New Uni, known as CETAL. We went to meet Firas Sarhan, the Director of CETAL to talk about the background of the project, and the University’s plans for its future:
The CETAL apartment is a centre of research and development for industry, health professionals and service users and a space where assistive technologies can be demonstrated and evaluated for further development. A wide range of Telehealth and Telecare systems are being installed at CETAL as well as a stunning wet room by bathroom specialists Motionspot.
The Design Matters accessible kitchen was designed for a wheelchair user, and represents the pinnacle of accessible kitchen design today. In collaboration with industry partners such as Corian, Blum, PWS, Fisher & Paykel, Vola, Egger, Ropox and DecoGlaze this kitchen is the most advanced project we have ever undertaken and its complexity can only be appreciated by the very patient installation team that made Adam’s vision a reality. A variety of different door mechanisms, automatic door and drawer openers and internal lighting have been incorporated so that these design features can be viewed by stakeholders interested in home adaptations. The kitchen also features our signature solid surface worktops with a raised edge on all four sides to contain hot spills and reduce the risk of injury, plus extensive safety stops on all four edges of our rise and fall areas for extra safety. The build quality of a Design Matters accessible kitchen is exceptional and provides a service life of around 20 years. Recent testimonials from clients confirm that a properly designed, bespoke accessible kitchen can also reduce reliance on PAs, leading to increased independence and privacy.
To see more pictures of the kitchen, follow this link to the CETAL project on our Portfolio pages. To see a series of video clips of Adam using the kitchen, click on the video below: NB: This video is aimed for use at conferences and therefore has no sound track.
To make an appointment to view the Living Lab apartment, contact Firas Sarhan on 07921 236918 or by email at Firas.Sarhan@bucks.ac.uk.
If you would like to discuss your own accessible kitchen project, download our free Accessible Kitchens Guide below, then contact Adam Thomas in the Design Matters office and make an appointment to come and view our fully accessible showroom in South Buckinghamshire.