Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Expansion Proposal for Autism Respite Facility

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Expansion Proposal for Autism Respite Facility

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ANORTH East charity which provides specialist care for people with autism is working with a Gateshead architecture practice to create deluxe respite care lodges in the grounds of its headquarters.

The North East Autism Society (NEAS) is expanding its training centre and facilities at New Warlands Farm in Burnhope, County Durham, to give more people the chance to develop their social and vocational skills in a home from home environment.

As part of the plans, NEAS plans to add four new respite care lodges, designed by Gradon Architecture, where people with autism can enjoy short holidays and take part in therapeutic and skill-building activities.

Gradon's designs allow each deluxe lodge to meet the functional demands of the site, including space for the specialist equipment required to provide respite care for people with special needs, while also creating a relaxing holiday home-style environment that can be enjoyed by children and their families alike.

Each lodge can be used as a single large unit or separated into two individual units for use by two families and all the rooms feature views over the 72-acre farm site.

Gradon's designs for the four new four-bedroom lodges have been submitted for planning permission and, subject to approval, work will begin in February 2017.

Tanja Smith, technical director at Gradon Architecture, said: "We pride ourselves on being a practice that creates designs that enhance people's lives and, with that in mind, this has been a hugely rewarding project to work on.

"It is fantastic to know that our work here will mean that more people with autism and their families will get to enjoy a break from the stresses of everyday life while still having their unique, individual needs catered for.

"We have created designs for a facility that is both practical, comfortable and in keeping with the existing facilities at the site and we can't wait to see it come to fruition. …

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