Activity Centre, Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind



R G Carter was asked to build an activity centre for people with vision impairment in Norfolk. It offers sport, leisure and life skills facilities for people of all ages.


  • The contract involved alterations to the existing premises and a two-storey extension.
  • The centre now offers a new youth club, a low-vision clinic, an equipment and information service to teach the use of reading aids such as Braille, as well as cooking and life skills. A coffee shop, children’s room, activity hall, and a recording studio for spoken newsletters.


  • Curved walls with no right-angled corners to aid mobility
  • No outward projecting radiators
  • Subtly contrasting colours and textured pathways with slightly raised edges
  • Doorways, handrails and architraves are painted yellow as this is said to be the last colour a person sees before they loose their sight.
  • The centre was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

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