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Building for the deafblind wins planning

February 26, 2015

Glenn Howells Architects and national deafblind charity Sense have won planning permission for a pioneering new £14m centre called TouchBase for disabled people and the wider community in Birmingham.

TouchBase will offer a range of fully accessible facilities for people with disabilities, businesses, other charities and the wider community. It will include direct Sense service provision, day care services, arts and well-being activities, a family and children’s area, conference facilities and a public café.

Construction of the building will commence in late 2015 with an opening in 2017.

Sense Chief Executive Gill Morbey said: “We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for TouchBase. The centre will provide integrated services for people with disabilities and the wider community and in time we hope it will become an exemplar model of care. We are also bringing considerable investment and substantial social and economic value, supporting the area’s regeneration and creating 130 jobs.”

Lord Digby Jones, Baron Jones of Birmingham said: “I’m delighted to support Sense with their ambitious new centre in Selly Oak. It’s wonderful to see a major charity investing in Birmingham and I’m delighted that in addition to that, Sense is embracing a social enterprise model to respond to the challenges of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”