Pioneering new service in Birmingham to officially open

  • HRH the Princess Royal, will visit £14 million ‘TouchBase Pears’ centre on Monday 9 July
  • Developed by the disability charity, Sense, the centre offers specialist services for people with complex disabilities and facilities for the wider community, including library and café
  • Praised with continuing the regeneration of Selly Oak, TouchBase Pears will create over a hundred new jobs

TouchBase Pears, the new £14 million building in Selly Oak, BirminghamTouchBase Pears, the new £14 million building in Selly Oak, will have its official opening on Monday 9 July, when it is visited by HRH The Princess Royal, it was announced today.

Developed by the national disability charity, Sense, TouchBase Pears will provide specialist provision for people with complex disabilities, including deafblindness, as well as well as services for the wider community.

The charity’s Royal Patron will be special guest at the opening ceremony on Monday, also attended by supporters, business leaders and members of the public, taking a tour of the centre, and meeting those responsible its successful development.

The project, which took 18 months to complete, is considered a key part of the regeneration of Selly Oak. In addition to creating over a hundred jobs in the local area, it also provides a welcoming hub for wider community services, such as a café, arts and performance area, sensory garden and gallery.

The building’s fully-accessible design has been developed in consultation with children and adults with a wide range of disabilities to ensure it meets their needs. Sense will use the centre to run a number of specialist services, supporting people with complex disabilities to learn new skills, build their confidence, develop communication skills and take part in community-based activities.

The centre cost £14 million to build, with investment from various trusts and foundations, including over 700k from the Pears Foundation and £2.1m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund – a scheme to create sustainable employment across England.

Glenn Howells, Greenwoods and Stepnell oversaw the architecture, project management and construction respectively.

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