‘Our House’ Disabled Childrens Centre, Wokingham
The challenge set for the Koubou designers was to create a centre with zoned areas to enable the children of various ages and disabilities to use the facilities and have somewhere they could call their own.
“Our House” is a dedicated centre for disabled children and their families in Wokingham, Berkshire. The centre was the vision of the parents who set up a charity called Building for the Future, and after a fundraising campaign from local businesses, they enlisted the skills of the design team at Koubou Interiors to make their dreams become a reality.
The challenge set for the Koubou designers was to create a centre with zoned areas to enable the children of various ages and disabilities to use the facilities and have somewhere they could call their own. Understanding how the centre was to be used and the special needs of the children was crucial to our designs.
The centre needed to be fun, friendly, welcoming to all, comfortable and practical- wheelchair user friendly. We also included lots of seating for parents where they could observe and support their children and a bathroom that complied with DDA. All of the surfaces were carefully selected, the design team did a lot of research into each product to ensure that it would stand up to the demands of the centre.
Koubou have given us an amazing and inspirational space for our disabled children to play in! Throughout the design process the project team exhibited an expert knowledge of materials, space and architecture, paying good attention to how the space would be used by our children. We appreciate the time spent on the details which addressed functionality without compromising beautiful design.
Koubou listened well to our initial brief and had a good understanding of what we wanted to achieve – giving great advice for a solution within our budget. They then relayed their vision with a set of beautifully crafted mood boards which instantly sold their concept to everyone who saw them!
We are so pleased we carried through Koubou’s services to project manage the refurbishment, which took a lot of stress off our hands! The project was managed with a high level of professionalism and any challenges along the way were quickly overcome by researching ingenious solutions.
The real testimony is the reaction of our children when they come to play! Even though we are a charity with limited funds, employing the services of Koubou has proved to be a worthwhile investment to create somewhere really special they want to come back to again and again!Karen Woolford
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