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Tech entrepreneur secures planning permission for smart care homes


Innovative social care housing to support people with disabilities and complex needs is set to be built on the Wirral.

Tecura, has received planning permission to build the homes, designed to use technology to help those with learning disabilities and autism.

The company was founded by Matthew Warnes following a car accident which resulted in both his legs being amputated above the knee and 65% third degree burns to his body.

After 140 operations, he found that his only opportunity to live independently was to design and build a house with environmental controls and assistive and adaptive technology.

“In many ways I am glad that the car crash on July 5th 1997 happened to me,” he explained.

“I was, and I still am, mentally strong enough to make the necessary changes to support individuals less able and less fortunate than myself. It took over five years and 140 operations for me to recover, but since then I have gone on to be one of the UK’s leading smart home designers and system installers.” 

The new development will take place in a repurposed building, the former Riverhill Hotel in Oxton and is the first of a number of properties targeted by Tecura.

The 11 apartments will use “Edge” computing technologies to enable residents and carers to live safely and empower them to achieve greater levels of indpendence.

“With modern day technology we can achieve virtually anything – for any need – providing dignity, independence and better, healthier lives for vulnerable people,” continued Warnes.

“Gaining planning approval for the redevelopment of Riverhill and our work at Oakmere represents a key milestone for me and my outstanding team at Tecura as we seek to make the delivery of social care in the UK more effective and efficient using the right technology in the right environment.”

Tecura is based at Sci-Tech Daresbury.

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