Directors Glenn Howells, Dav Bansal and Studio Director, Sandeep Shambi, joined Sense’s Patron, HRH The Princess Royal, for their 60th Anniversary celebration and the announcement of the new community centre, TouchBase, in Selly Oak, due to begin on site in January.
Glenn Howells outlined plans for TouchBase to The Princess Royal and presented a model of the site. There were speeches from The Princess Royal, Sense Chairman, John Crabtree, and Chief Executive, Gillian Morbey, and the event closed with a remarkable performance of dance, live music and visual art.
TouchBase will provide specialist care to people with sensory impairments and will also serve the wider community. The pioneering new £14m centre, due to open in 2017, 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 cafe.
GHA have worked closely with Sense to ensure the building was designed with particular attention to the charity’s specific needs which includes lighting levels to minimise glare and shadows, providing level access inside and out and making the most of its canal-side setting with the creation of a sensory garden.