Mildmay House reopens after £5M redevelopment

27 NOV 2014

 

Chapter 1's Liverpool hostel, Mildmay House, is officially back open after a £5M two‑year refurbishment programme. 

The refurbishment reflects Chapter 1's commitment to changing lives one by one. Tenders were scored not just on price, but also on the additional benefits they could bring, such as training and volunteering opportunities. 

Around 20 former clients have benefitted from training and work experience on the site, and six have secured paid jobs. Over 95% of the suppliers were based within a 60 mile radius with an estimated benefit to the local economy of £2.5M. 

The building is now fully accessible with a mix of accommodation to meet the needs of clients with a history of rough sleeping, and those who are ready to live more independently. It has a training space, music room, and communal areas for social activities. For the first in many years it's now able to take men and women. 

The total budget for this latest redevelopment was £5M with £1.5M coming from the HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) Homeless Change Programme, and the balance from Chapter 1.