Building conversion creates accommodation for young homeless people

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Leeds building consultancy Projex Building Solutions has completed work on a residential project for Sheffield youth homelessness charity Roundabout.

Roundabout is South Yorkshire’s youth homeless charity, supporting young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

It works with more than 250 young people every day, providing shelter, support and life skills to help them gain independence.

The new residential project, which has cost more than £200,000 to complete, is based in a converted property in Glencoe Road near Norfolk Park.

It will provide accommodation and 24-hour support for six young people aged between 16 and 18 at any one time, who have been part of the care system.

Projex Building Solutions building surveyor, Joe Unwin, said: “It has been a real pleasure to work alongside such a welcoming team at Roundabout.

“Whilst the works have been challenging at some points, this has all been possible due to the teamwork ethos of the contractor and consultant team.

“Special mention to the contractor, Creative Building Projects and consultant team ARP Engineering, Waterman Building Services and PWC Approved Inspectors.

“Charitable donations have also been provided from Heatrae Sadia, Nu-aire and Howdens kitchens. This will provide much needed housing for the young people of Sheffield.”

Roundabout chief executive, Ben Keegan, said: “This has been a long time in coming to completion because we had to get the funding that was needed for the refurbishment and for that we have many people to thank.

“It was a fairly dilapidated property that had been converted into flats at some time in the past but we wanted to restore its welcoming atmosphere.”

Financial support for the project has also come from Land Aid, Hallam Land Management – part of the Henry Boot Group of Companies – the Albert Hunt Charitable Trust, Bernard Sunley, B&Q Foundation, Garfield Weston, The Clothworkers Foundation, James Neill Family Trust, Laing Family Trust, Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, Charles and Elsie Sykes Trust, JG Graves and Sheffield Church Burgesses.

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