Blog – Next steps
MSP Director Mike Lowe, discusses what happens next in our Redruth Property
Yes, our newest scheme in Redruth has received planning permission, so all system are go! Our client Karrek Community CIC, a domiciliary support group in Cornwall, has been eagerly anticipating the start of the refurbishment that will create supported accommodation for six individuals.
Now the work can begin to provide a home that will support the independence of each individual tenant, whilst offering the social benefits of a communal space, where the tenants can come together to socialise and receive group support.
MSP will soon begin the tendering process for the scheme, going out to the local community for their involvement, and bring the project to life.
Gary Wyatt of Koha Architects explains the plans in more detail: “Koha Architects are delighted to be leading this project forward and are excited to announce that planning approval has been granted for the conversion of this prominent building in the heart of the historic centre of Redruth. Significant improvements are to be made to the existing fabric to safeguard the longevity of the building. We will be incorporating a mixed-use brief that will accommodate vulnerable adults, whilst maintaining the commercial tenancies on Alma Place. Thermal and structural improvements are planned for the building which will reduce energy use (heat loss) and provide a safe platform to accommodate new internal partition arrangements and openings. A communal area adjacent to a rear, south-facing courtyard garden will create an informal relaxed setting for the residents. Improvements in passive surveillance and lighting will help to mitigate against anti-social behaviour at the rear of the property. Accessible provisions will be incorporated into the refurbishment work which includes a new lift and toilets.”
Our focus on finding homes for vulnerable people who are currently inappropriately housed runs alongside our ambitions to support other areas of development within the local communities of Cornwall. It just happens that where our newest property is located in Redruth is also currently a focus for regeneration of the local high street. The shop fronts on the southern part of the property are going to be protected and enhanced through the refurbishment, and leased to a local business in the community with discounts available for other social enterprises.