Midlands & East Anglia

Remodelling Ravenhurst Cottages

A project to remodel a Grade II Listed building in Birmingham continues to make good progress.

The project comprises the conversion of 33 existing bedsits at Ravenhurst Cottages, in order to transform them into 24 self-contained flats. Once work is complete on the site the reworked building will also create a training workshop for residents, as part of the scheme’s commitment to promoting learning and employment opportunities.

Work began on the project in January 2013 and is currently scheduled to reach completion in October 2013. Support specialists Trident Reach the People Charity is implementing the project, after joining forces with the Jericho Foundation, a charitable organisation set up to help disadvantaged people into training and employment.

Jericho Construction – the construction arm of the Jericho Foundation – is the main contractor on the redevelopment of Ravenhurst Cottages. Jericho Construction works across a broad spectrum of building and related services projects, from general repair and maintenance works through to medium-sized new build and refurbishment projects.

Jericho Foundation Chief Executive, Richard Beard, said:

“The Jericho Foundation is a charity and social enterprise, with a mission to help people overcome barriers within their lives. We mostly help young people and those who have had disadvantages in their lives.

“In order to achieve our goals we run eight social enterprises, all providing high quality goods and services to their customers, which give young people a place to gain employment and apprenticeship opportunities, alongside valuable work experience.”

Richard added:

“We currently have four apprentices and three trainees working on the project through Jericho Construction. Some of these team members previously lived in Ravenhurst Cottage, so it is great for them to be a part of this project.”

The Homes and Communities Agency is supporting the remodelling work with a grant of almost £240,000 towards the scheme.

Dominic Bradley, Charity Lead at Trident Reach, said:

“Ravenhurst Cottages has always been a really important building for us and has served young people at risk of homelessness well down the years. However it can’t be denied that it has required investment to ensure it continues to be a place where people chose to live and will involve a complete remodelling to create modern, high quality, self-contained flats and importantly for us a workshop facility so young people can gain skills in the construction industry.

“It is fantastic to be working with the Jericho Foundation on this innovative scheme, enabling us to offer training and job opportunities at Ravenhurst.”

Launched in October 2009, Trident Reach the People Charity is one of the leading social investment charities in the region.  Trident Reach provides life skills to disadvantaged young people, with the aim of helping them live independent lives.

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