Client: The Disabilities Trust

Project:  Jane Percy House refurbishment

For one of our many projects with long-standing client, The Disabilities Trust, Apollo FM was brought in to refurbish eight rooms at Jane Percy House in Cramlington, Northumberland.

Jane Percy House provides accommodation and support for people with complex and high dependency needs – many of whom are wheelchair-bound That meant all of Apollo’s designs had to cater to the centre’s service users, and be built around electronic hoists that are used to lift them from their bedrooms to their bathrooms.

Each room was fitted with bespoke fittings and furniture that designed and made by Apollo according to the client’s specifications. Everything is also compliant with DDA regulations to make the rooms accessible for people with disabilities.

  • Wardrobes with a low-level cloak rail and sliding doors for ease-of-access and safety.
  • Medical boxes, as well as safe boxes for personal belongings
  • Desks that were tailor-made for individual users
  • Decor tailored to individual users’ requests
  • TMV3-rated wet rooms for temperature safety
  • All bathroom pipework was hidden to make everything safe to the touch.
  • DDA-compliant toilets with safety and accessibility features

Plus, Apollo also worked beyond the brief by identifying that the radiators in the rooms were working inefficiently. Following consultation with Lee Stoddart from Crossling, we installed new Myson LST (low surface temperature) Super Plus radiators based on Jane Percy House’s safety requirements.

The Apollo team also carried out the work in four phases – two rooms at a time – to minimize disruption to service users and allow Jane Percy House to operate at as close to maximum capacity. Plus, as the job was done during the coronavirus pandemic, the team accessed the site using external doors to keep their distance from service users.

Roger Fisher, Regional Property Manager for The Disabilities Trust said: “I have been a client of Apollo FM’s for over six years and they have been responsible for many of my projects.

“I’ve found the workmanship and team of professional tradesmen outstanding, they have a great understanding of client needs and are flexible. I have no hesitation in recommending Apollo to others.”