E G Carter & Co Ltd were joined by Lawrence Miller, Sally Byng, Ann Santry and Nicola Mosley, all from Barnwood Trust.

As the small group were taken on a tour around their new base at Overton House in Cheltenham they were able to see how the building is taking shape across four floors and including period features which have been restored as part of the redevelopment.

E G Carter and Co. Ltd were delighted to win the project and work alongside Fergusson Mann Architects, Momentum Structural Engineers, Method Consulting, Mildred, Howells & Co. and Ark Consultancy to provide a new office for Barnwood Trust.

The £3m refurbishment project started with the demolition of a 1970’s extension to the Victorian villa. Part of the existing structure was held together with façade retention, the building was underpinned, and large-scale structural alterations were carried out to enable wheelchair access to all parts of the villa.

The property will be fully renovated internally and externally to provide both modern office space and welcome space for visitors to the local charity, in a great central location with excellent public transport links.

Adrian Gladwin Site Manager at E G Carter & Co Ltd, said “We are delighted to be creating a new headquarters for Barnwood Trust, this new building will look modern yet still have a traditional feel as we incorporate new features to the building. We are looking forward to the end result”

Throughout construction E G Carter & Co Ltd have worked closely with Barnwood Trust to provide opportunities for several individuals supported by the charity to work on site, with the aim to use the placement as a stepping stone to get into full time employment.

Barnwood Trust is a charitable foundation dedicated to creating the best possible environment in Gloucestershire for disabled people, people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems to make the most of their lives. The Trust has come a long way since it was established over 200 years ago. Today, it helps thousands of people every year through four areas of work: Discovering Opportunities, Shaping Homes, Growing Communities and Sharing Insights. This means the Trust encourages people to learn a new skill or re-discover a hobby; influences housing provision; gives small grants to help people with day-to-day living or to encourage community groups to come together; and shares knowledge and ideas.

Lawrence Miller, Director for Social Change at Barnwood Trust, said: “Our vision for Overton House is to create a relaxed base for the team and a comfortable setting for our visitors too. The first two floors will be a welcoming space for anyone to drop in for a chat, to find information or inspiration, attend a workshop or meet with the Barnwood team.”