BCHA is pleased to announce that George House, a new development providing housing for 46 of Plymouth's most vulnerable people, is complete and opening its doors to welcome the first residents.
George House was commissioned by Plymouth City Council, with the design and development led by BCHA. The development was supported by a land subsidy from Plymouth City Council, funding from BCHA and investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), £1.5m from its Places of Change Programme, in addition to £2.1m from the National Affordable Housing Programme.
George House has been designed to be a place of change where residents can access support and learn new skills, to ensure they can move on to greater independence, education and work opportunities. The support services are initially being delivered by local agencies and are funded by Supporting People, in partnership with Plymouth City Council and BCHA as the landlord, providing housing and facilities management services.
George House has 46 en-suite bedrooms, arranged in clusters of 6-9 units. There are two bedrooms which have been designed to accommodate wheelchair users and two rooms which can accommodate couples.
Each cluster has a spacious kitchen which provides an informal atmosphere where residents can socialise with each other, while making refreshments and preparing meals.
Communal facilities for residents include a multi-purpose training room, laundry room, communal dining area and a basketball hoop, to encourage team work and interaction between residents. George House has a landscaped garden where residents are able to sit and enjoy the safe and peaceful environment. There is also a vegetable patch where residents are encouraged to grow their own produce.
Residents have access to an IT suite where training and education sessions will take place. They will also be able to access the internet to find advice on issues such as benefits, and search for jobs.
Ron Peak, BCHA Development Director, commented: "The initial vision was to construct an exciting and contemporary building that would continue the regeneration of Millbay. It was envisaged that George House would be functionally flexible and domestic in feel internally, meeting a variety of needs, while also providing a secure and safe environment for both residents and staff.
"I believe that we have achieved that aspiration and provided a vibrant and proud building that we sincerely hope will support people to break the habit of rough sleeping, successfully encourage rehabilitation and provide a stimulating environment to live and work in. We look forward to welcoming our first residents to George House."
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