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Wheelchair accessible units being built in Invercargill

Evan Harding18:31, May 27 2020

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Andrew Watkins and Adele McMahon are building two units solely for people in wheelchairs in south Invercargill.

A Southland couple is building two units in Invercargill which are specifically designed for people in wheelchairs, understood to be a rarity in the city.

Andrew Watkins and his partner Adele McMahon purchased an Elles Road property near the south city shops in Invercargill two years ago.

After talking to people in the neighbourhood, and finding out housing for the disabled was hard to come by, they decided to rip down the ”buggered” house on the section and build two two-bedroom units solely designed for people in wheelchairs to live in. Adele is project managing the construction, and is helping the builder with the work.

The design allows for wheelchair-bound occupants to manoeuvre around beds, a single garage allows for wheelchair access from a vehicle, the bathrooms and vanity units are designed for wheelchair users and the doors and hallways have been widened.

The design also allows for the kitchen bench to be lowered or lifted to [...]

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