Reds10, in collaboration with ADS Independent Living Solutions, has been granted funding from the government’s Sustainable Innovation Fund by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to develop the ‘Smile Homesâ’ prototype for intelligent, purpose designed, person-centred homes, manufactured off-site.
Conceived by ADS and designed by Steve Batson and his team of healthcare specialists at Stephen George + Partners Architects, Smile Homesâ incorporate technology that will work seamlessly across the home, creating a safe environment for people facing challenges living independently.
The project will be manufactured by Reds10 who provide customers with high performance, low carbon, SMART buildings on flexible ownership terms. The homes will be constructed off-site and incorporate building and organisational performance data to optimise customer experience, building use, operation, energy consumption and maintenance.
A prototype of the product is scheduled to be completed by the end of March 2021, with production units to follow later in 2021.
The £134m investment fund is part of the government’s commitment to Build Back Better through supporting the UK’s most innovative companies during the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 1,069 UK businesses have been selected as part of the scheme, all receiving up to £175,000 each.
Innovate UK Executive Chair, Dr Ian Campbell, said: “In these difficult times we have seen the best of British business innovation. The pandemic is not just a health emergency but one that impacts society and the economy.
“Smile Homesâ, along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development. Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working people.”
Reds10’s Chairman, Matt Bennion, commented: “The creation of this new living space will have a lasting effect on how we design homes for the vulnerable. We’re excited to bring this product to market and provide residents with the space and performance they need to achieve a more independent lifestyle.”
David Adams, CEO of ADS Independent Living Solutions, said: “This funding from the Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund supports investment in our Smile Homesâ prototype. It drives forward delivery of the prototype which will be both a demonstrator unit and living lab for joint projects with research partners to develop ways to help people who are more different and diverse than others, live safely with greater independence in their own homes.
“Our Smile Homesâ are highly intelligent and are a new way of responding to the needs and wishes of people with learning challenges, autistic people, people with mental health and behavioural challenges or physical differences who simply want their own home in a community of their choosing and the opportunity to live as independently as possible. We are delighted that Innovate UK has chosen to support us.”
Steve Batson, Director at SGP, added: “We are proud to be part of this innovative modular design, in a new form of modality of care that provides a home with the ‘Right Place’, ‘Right Space’ and ‘Right Support’ in mind, yet ethically and sustainably doesn’t cost the Earth.”