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MAP and Terrapin install bedroom and bathroom pod in disabled Gloucester girl’s home

An innovative pod consisting of a bedroom and an inbuilt wet room has been installed by Modular Adaptation Pods (MAP) for a disabled girl in Gloucester.

Gloucester City Homes (GCH), which manages the property occupied by six-year-old Terri-Anne Taylor and her family, asked MAP to develop suitable accommodation for the girl after her needs were evaluated by Gloucestershire Care Services children’s occupational therapy team.

Working alongside manufacturing partner Terrapin, MAP delivered the pod to Terri-Anne’s home in the Coney Hill area of Gloucester on Monday, 19th December. The accommodation was delivered on a lorry before being hoisted into position behind the property.

The pod, which is fully furnished internally and externally, will allow the six-year-old to live more comfortably and have more independence during her time at home.

Ray Philpin, MAP and Terrapin’s managing director, explained that the pod was specifically designed for Terri-Anne’s circumstances.

“It was developed especially for the customer’s needs, as all our pods are,” he commented.

“The unit was constructed at our base in Milton Keynes in one week. A team of 12 designers, electricians and plumbers were involved, although only three people could work on it at any one time.”

Mr Philpin went on to say that while this is the first modular adaptation pod that Terrapin has been involved with, the company will be working on a further similar project in Gloucester and separate developments in Ipswich and Wrexham.

Because the pods are constructed off site, the units are particularly suitable for projects where restricted access would otherwise be a problem. This guarantees exceptional quality as workmanship can be undertaken and completed in purpose-built surroundings before the unit is shipped to its intended destination.

After the foundations were completed by a team of contractors in one week, Terri-Anne’s pod was lifted into position and installed in a matter of hours. This ensured disruption to the six-year-old and her family was kept to a minimum.

Had the bedroom and en suite bathroom been built using traditional construction methods, the project would have taken a number of months to reach completion.

Lisa Howarth, GCH’s head of housing services, said the pod will have a positive impact on “the health, independence and dignity” of Terri-Anne.

“We are delighted to be able to deliver an innovative solution that ensures Terri-Anne and her family can remain in their family home,” she commented.

Dawn Taylor, the six-year-old’s mother, told the Gloucester Citizen that the modular adaptation pod will “make our lives and Terri-Anne’s life a lot easier”.

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