Building new homes

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We build accessible homes for disabled people so they can live independently in the community. Living in suitable accommodation makes life much easier for disabled people and their carers and relatives. By building these houses, our aim is to provide people with the right environment to live independently in their own homes.

Papworth Trust has many years of experience in providing accessible housing for disabled people. By working closely with disabled tenants, local authorities, and social services we are able to produce innovative solutions that meet the specific needs of the individual and family.

We aim to be at the forefront of innovative and effective housing design for disabled people. Some design features, such as the choice of door handles, or colour schemes for someone with a visual impairment, can be incorporated into a standard property. Other features should be designed into the property from the start:

  • level access doorways and showers
  • fully accessible kitchen units and appliances
  • wider corridors, hallways and doors
  • low-level utilities (meters, letter boxes etc)
  • covered car ports

Prospective tenants for new properties are nominated by a Local Housing Authority (some authorities operate a special needs housing register). Where possible, tenants are involved from the initial briefing and architectural drawings through to the choice of decor and fittings. Where specialist equipment is required (such as a ceiling hoist or specialist bath) an Occupational Therapist will be involved in the specification process.

We maintain our own register of people who are interested in a property once they become vacant (contact our Independent Living Service).

Papworth Trust is a housing association and is registered as a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) with the Tenant Services Authority (TSA).

Opening hours
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Eastern England

For people with a physical and/or learning disability.

Local Authority Housing Department, Social Services or Health Authority.

Tenants pay rent, often supported by Housing Benefit.

If you have an enquiry, please get in touch:

Phone us

0800 952 5000
(free from a landline)
Lines are open
Monday to Friday:
10am - 5pm

Papworth Trust tenants
can call us about
repairs or emergencies
on 0800 169 4505.
Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Email us


Write to us

Papworth Trust
Bernard Sunley Centre
Papworth Everard
CB23 3RG