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Emmanuel House plans for 20 more bedrooms for homeless people approved

Homelessness charity Emmanuel House Support Centre has received planning permission from Nottingham City Council to change the use of the first and second floors of its premises on Goose Gate, Hockley, in the city centre.

The scheme includes the creation of 20 bedrooms that will provide short-term emergency accommodation for people who find themselves homeless.

The charity’s ground floor will continue to provide day support while the first and second floors will be converted into bedrooms providing 24-hour emergency care.

Following the successful planning application, which was approved on Friday 27 January, phase one of the development will start in the coming months.

The replacement of the support centre’s existing windows will be the first element of the development to be delivered. New double-glazed aluminium windows are currently being procured by the project team, which will significantly improve the thermal performance and aesthetic appearance of the building.

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Denis Tully, CEO at Emmanuel House, said: “This is fantastic news for the charity as it means we’re one step closer to our ambition of providing short-term emergency respite care becoming a reality, contributing to reducing the number of people who are homeless in Nottingham.”

The project team is made up of Nottingham suppliers such as architectural practice CPMG Architects, project managers EDGE, structural and civil engineers Hexa, and mechanical and electrical engineers Chord Consult.

Steve Milan, an associate at CPMG Architects, said: “The journey that Emmanuel House is embarking on has only just started, but an important milestone has been reached and we’re proud to be working within a highly skilled project team that cares about the city of Nottingham. We look forward to moving forward with the project and supporting fundraising efforts.”

Geoff Tindsley, director at EDGE, said: “We’re grateful to Nottingham City Council for its quick approval of a project set to change homelessness support in Nottingham significantly.

“Helping Emmanuel House make its new vision a reality has already been an exciting process to date, and we’re looking forward to continuing to work closely alongside the trustees and project team in this next phase, offering our expertise in any way we can.”

Fundraising for the project, which is predicted to cost the charity £2 million, will start when the team has completed the preparatory work.

James Garment, director at Hexa, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to be working with Emmanuel House on a scheme that will make such a difference to the local community. With the project involving significant remodelling of the internal layout of the existing building, collaboration across the project design team, which has a long-standing and proven record of delivering successful projects together, will ensure that the finished development really stands up to the charity’s vision.”

Denis added: “We’re continuing to work with Nottingham City Council and our consultants before we can go out for funding. We have more work to do before we can start the crucial fundraising stages. The immediate need for Emmanuel House remains the significant task of raising vital funds for our Winter Appeal, which will support people in crisis and at risk of homelessness over winter.”

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