The use of VR technology has the potential to become a key to unlocking someone’s inherent uncertainty with change, by making it a routine before they even step outside. The same principle can be used to help someone anxious about moving to a new location by creating the opportunity to explore a new location through a virtual reality interface.
The project is an evolution leading from Architectural projects that C60 Architects are already working on with Mencap and the specialist housing provider Golden Lane Housing. C60 Director Roger Perrott said, “We use VR in all our projects to help our clients visualise how a scheme will look and experience the spaces prior to construction. It has fundamentally changed how we work, with the design process becoming a more immersive experience. As Architects we design space; this applies equally to the virtual world just as much as the real world, so VR design is a natural evolution from traditional Architectural design.”
“When we saw first-hand how the design process with C60 Architects allowed us to experience a space or environment, we realised that there was huge potential to use the technology in other aspects of our work. The project in collaboration with C60 is an exciting evolution which uses skills and expertise from the construction sector to help address challenges faced by the people we care for.”
Barry McMenamin – Regional Operations Manager, Mencap
Anticipated benefits of the project include:
- Reduce anxiety and fear surrounding visiting or trying something new and unfamiliar.
- Use of commonly available tools like laptops or tablets to gain direct access to VR experiences
- The cost effective process allows bespoke scenarios to be created for specific clients
- The initial VR scenarios can be added to over time, creating a library style resource
- Mencap will continue to be at the forefront of tackling the challenges presented by learning disability