"We are delighted that businesses like HBV and its partners are proactive about learning more about autism so they can continue to engage positively with people in our community and their families."
Wes Auden, chair of the board of trustees at ASGMA
Prolific specialist supported living developer HBV has formed a new partnership with the Autistic Society Greater Manchester Area (ASGMA) aimed at enhancing its developments of new build properties for people living with autism.
HBV, based in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, develops specialist supported living apartments for people with a range of complex disabilities including autism. So far it has delivered more than 600 apartments across the country for disabled adults and is on target to deliver 400 more by the end of 2019.
ASGMA is a charity which provides parents and carers with support and information for people with autistic spectrum conditions, including Asperger Syndrome and other conditions.
HBV and its development delivery partners including Morgan Sindall Investments Limited (MSIL), Altrincham-based Calderpeel, Clancy Consulting, Zerum and Stone hosted a variety of workshops, meetings and focus groups with members of the charity.
Jonathan Wrigley, managing director of HBV, who lives locally in Hale, said:
“We are pleased to be the first developers in the specialist supported living market to complete this programme and we have learned a great deal that we will now include in our business. The insights we gleaned from members of ASGMA, who are all diagnosed with autism, has been insightful and will enable us to further enhance our bespoke properties making them more in tune with what this market demands.”
Wes Auden, chair of the board of trustees at ASGMA, said:
“We are pleased to encourage businesses like HBV and its partners to learn more about autism so that they are able to better engage with people in our community and their families who are affected by it. It is pleasing that we have played a role in guiding the way new specialist supported living developments are built and we are looking forward to seeing our guidance implemented.”