E G Carter & Co Ltd will convert the existing office building into a welcoming space for children and young people. This consists of creating 4 staying-close studio flats, 4 child's bedrooms, and 2 staff sleep-in accommodations, ensuring that a safe and comfortable environment with a homely feel is provided.
To encompass a sense of community and belonging, the refurbishment will feature communal areas, including lounges, a common room, , a kitchen, a dining room, and a living room. These spaces will be thoughtfully designed by Quattro Design Architects to encourage interaction and personal development among the children.
The front elevation of the building will receive a new lease of life with new external render. E G Carter & Co Ltd will install new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems throughout the building, featuring modern amenities such as LED lighting, heating systems, and electric vehicle (EV) chargers. These improvements will ensure energy efficiency and sustainability. New floor coverings, ceilings, and internal decorations will be applied throughout the building, giving it a warm and inviting ambiance.
E G Carter & Co Ltd have partnered with Gloucestershire County Council to deliver this project and look forward to the difference this new renovation will bring to the community.
Philip Illing, Head of General Works at E G Carter & Co Ltd, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, "We are honoured to be part of this meaningful project. Our team is dedicated to transforming this building into a space where children can thrive, grow, and build a brighter future. This project aligns perfectly with our commitment to creating positive, lasting impacts on the community within Gloucester”.
Cllr Stephen Davies, Cabinet member for Children’s Safeguarding and Early Years at Gloucestershire County Council said: “Gloucestershire wants all its children and young people to have the opportunity to thrive and to grow up to lead the lives they choose. For children in our care, that means providing the sort of loving homes we want for our own children. That priority is at the heart of our Sufficiency Strategy ‘Home@theHeart’ which sets out how we’ll deliver more homes in the county, within the local community.
“The remodelled property is part of a suite of children's homes and supported accommodation options that we’re developing which will feel more like a home than an institution. It will mean that more children and young people that need our care will be able to grow up as part of their community, close to family and friends and staying at their local school.
“This is an exciting project, and I am delighted that Gloucestershire is leading the way and transforming the care and support for our future generations.”