GHA has been working closely with the national charity Sense to create TouchBase Birmingham, a community facility for deafblind people. The building will be in response to the client group’s needs with particular attention paid to 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.
As well as offering zones for training and personal development, the project aims to engage the local community by including a café, performance space and an arts programme. The facilities are arranged around a central hub connected to the gardens with offices on the upper floor.
“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.”