Smiles all round as Nottingham Mencap gets go-ahead for new home

Mike Tuck left with Mike Caston of Mencap

A charity providing support to people with learning difficulties and autism has received good news with the go-ahead for a new home that they hope will create a lasting legacy.

Nottingham Mencap have been in consultation over a move from their current home in Harpenden House into a new facility at the Edwards Lane Community Centre.

The move after over 60 years at Harpenden House, is absolutely critical as the current facility is in a poor state of repair, as Mike Tuck, Project Director at Richardson Hall Construction explains: “This is welcome news for a fantastic organisation doing some incredibly important work. Their current building is beyond economic repair therefore rebuilding there wasn’t going to be an option.

“This is an alternative model of delivery with our client’s needs right at the very heart of it. We were brought in from the outset to assess the options in terms of the new building’s cost as a project, including the design and construction management. We’ve also been assisting Mike Caston and the Nottingham Mencap team with negotiations with the council from an acquisition and planning perspective.

“This is a significant project as we aren’t simply upgrading a facility, we are relocating an organisation and helping them to expand their services to deliver a truly 21st century provision for their users. We worked very closely with Nottingham Mencap as a delivery partner, creating a plan and budget that dovetailed with their budget, their attitude to risk and the opportunity they have for creating the best value from their new facility.’’

The new facility at the Edwards Lane Community Centre will total 5,700sq ft and with a gymnasium, a music room and IT suite planned they look forward to opening up the venue to the wider local community.

Mike Caston, CEO of Nottingham Mencap said: “This is a huge step forward for this ambitious project and a very exciting time for all of us here at Nottingham Mencap but especially for our service users. Our current venue has served us well for many years but not only is it frankly somewhat decrepit, it is totally outmoded for today’s needs.

“I would like to thank Mike Tuck and the team at Richardson Hall Construction for their invaluable strategic advice and support right from the start of this project and look forward to working with him as we take the next steps on this ambitious but absolutely essential journey.”

Work on site at Edwards Lane is expected to start in Autumn 2020, with a completion date scheduled for Spring 2021.