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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Duke of Norfolk opens solar-powered east London homeless project
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¬†The Duke of Norfolk, opened a unique centre for London's homeless at Providence Row, near Brick Lane in London's east End last Monday. The official opening of the Dellow Centre marked the completion of a £4 million project paid for by charitable donations and a £1 million grant from the Department for Local Government & Communities' Hostels Improvement Programme. Key features of the centre are: solar energy, new advice areas, new staff and volunteer areas, designer reception area, new showers, new offices and new activity spaces, a re-designed kitchen and new dining areas; new entrances, feature gate and courtyard landscaping; 18 new fully self-contained flats; improved layout to 40 existing hostel rooms, new dining areas and new kitchen. Around twenty organisations will eventually work from the building with Providence Row providing services for up to sixty people every day. The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which supports the centre through an annual grant, and the Corporation of London are key partners. Steven Lee-Foster, Chief Executive of Providence Row, said: "The Dellow Centre is now able to provide a range of services under one roof. The state of the art facilities set a new standard for services for homeless people and will help us continue our mission since 1860 which has been to provide a safe refuge for anyone with nowhere else to go." The project architects were Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, main contractor was Mansell Construction Services Limited, and project managers were Bristow Johnson and Partners Limited. The solar energy was installed by Solar Green Limited and was part funded by the Energy Saving Trust with a grant from the DTI. One of London's oldest homeless charities, Providence Row was founded in 1860 by Father Daniel Gilbert and the Sisters of Mercy. Source: Providence Row
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