£2m emergency accommodation scheme granted planning

A £2m plan to convert part of the Emmanuel House Support Centre in Hockley into short-term emergency accommodation has been given the green light by Nottingham City Council.

The scheme will see 20 bedrooms installed on the first and second floors of the charity’s Goose Gate premises, where 24-hour emergency care will be provided to people in need.

The first phase of the development – including work to “significantly improve” the thermal performance of the building – is scheduled to begin in the coming months.

The project is being delivered by a Nottingham-based group of companies consisting of CPMG Architects, EDGE, Hexa and Chord Consult.

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.”

Steve Milan, 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 with fundraising efforts.”

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

Hexa director James Garment 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.”

Fundraising for the project will start when preparatory work has been completed.

Tully 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 vitals funds for our Winter Appeal, which will support people in crisis and at risk of homelessness over winter.”

Picture shows (from left): Ashley Cowdrey (Chord Consult), James Garment (Hexa Consulting), Denis Tully (Emmanuel House), Steve Milan (CPMG Architects) and Joanne Hardwicke (EDGE)