GreenSquare's Executive Director Ann Cornelius and Head of Development Jo Curson were amongst those who met HRH The Countess of Wessex at the Royal Opening of Alabaré Place in Barnard Street, Salisbury.
The £5.3m project has been made possible thanks to a partnership between Alabaré Christian Care & Support and GreenSquare, with investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Wiltshire Council. It has resulted in the creation of a new 30-bedroom direct access homeless hostel and conversion of the adjacent Grade II listed building into 8 flats for Move-on Accommodation.
Jo Curson said: “This fantastic scheme is the result of years of hard work from all involved and we’re very proud of what’s been achieved. This is a flagship development for Salisbury and for GreenSquare and it’s great to celebrate the creation of a place where so many people’s lives will change for the better in the months and years ahead.”
Alabaré’s Project Manager for the development Stewart Mustard says: “We are delighted to have developed a very successful relationship with GreenSquare Group and our partner funders in order to deliver this state-of-the-art new hostel. We’ve created a hostel that goes beyond merely meeting the accommodation needs of our residents. The new building incorporates facilities to allow them to engage in skills, learning and leisure activities, ultimately boosting morale and helping them integrate back into their communities.”
Alabaré Place provides high quality accommodation and purpose built training facilities in an environmentally friendly building. Its ethos is based on the HCA’s Places of Change programme for hostels which encourages them to engage residents in worthwhile activities, involves them in the development of services, develops well trained and motivated staff and provides a high quality physical environment.
Designed by Quattro Design Architects, the development has been built by contractor Morgan Sindall. It recently won an award from Salisbury Civic Society and has been shortlisted in the prestigious Housing Design Awards 2012.
The focus of the hostel is a soaring four storey high glass atrium which floods the common areas with light. Small clusters of ensuite bedrooms share a communal kitchen diner and sitting room enabling residents to socialise when they wish. Strong primary colours are used and the sleek, contemporary design is functional but welcoming.
The Countess toured the premises and met service users, and cut a birthday cake to mark Alabaré's 21st anniversary.