Deafblind is a National Charity offering specialist services and support to deaf and blind people and those who have progressive sight and hearing loss acquired through their lives.
We were commissioned by the charity during the build process to become involved in some specific aspects. We provided bespoke tactile signage outside meeting rooms and offices. These signs were programmed with a pre-recorded message and are push button operated.
The colour scheme of blue and yellow was used as these are two of the last colours that people with certain eye conditions can see. The Reception Desk has a large tactile map of the building which is labelled in large print, Braille and Moon allowing deaf and blind people to navigate themselves around the building independently.
There are educational displays in reception and these are used to inform children about the disability of deafblindness. These include a kitchen simulation where visitors can try and perform an everyday task such as buttering a slice of bread or making a cup of tea wearing a blindfold and wearing ear defenders. There is also a life size model of an eye and an ear which can be taken apart and used to demonstrate the many methods of communication deafblind people can use.
We commissioned 6 bespoke wood carvings positioned in the main reception area designed and carved by a specialist local woodcarver to Deafblind requirements. Each of the wood carvings had a unique representation and wood was chosen for it’s feel and the fact it is a natural product.
A bespoke blue handrail was constructed and installed into their circular corridor which links all the offices and meeting rooms and this can be seen on their website