The client in this project was seriously injured following a road traffic accident where he was rendered tetraplegic. Longdens were appointed during this client’s litigation process to provide assistance with finding a suitable property which could be adapted to meet his and the family’s needs.
Once a property had been identified, Londgens prepared drawings to illustrate how the house could be adapted. Budget costings were then prepared to assist the courts. Following agreement, Londgens prepared all the plans for the Planning and Building Regulations Applications. We then prepared a detailed Specification of Works which included all the client’s specific requirements. The works were then Tendered to a number of Building Contractors for pricing. We provided guidance to the client on choosing a Contractor and administered the Building Contract, which included checking on the works, issuing instructions for variations, reviewing and certifying the builder’s requests for payment and carrying out a VAT assessment upon completion.
Whist the existing property already had a swimming pool it was in a dilapidated state and could not be used as a hydrotherapy pool. Therefore, the existing pool building was demolished to make way for a new modern hydrotherapy pool, which was designed specifically for the client and met all the latest building standards.
The costs attributed to running a property of this size and with a hydrotherapy pool that requires heating 24 hours a day can be significate. Therefore, we appointed a renewable energy firm to design and install an efficient heating system which also included photovoltaic roof panels and assisted heating of the pool.
Due to the client’s disability, he required a significant amount of assistance with general everyday tasks and he had come to rely on assistance from his carers. We worked closely with specialist assistive technology companies who supplied and install the necessary equipment which allows the client to open and close doors, operate TV’s, CCTV, alarms, sound system, call his carers, raise and lower his bed – all from an iPad attached to his chair or via voice activation.