Changing Lives is redeveloping hostel provision in Newcastle in response to the needs of people who are experiencing homelessness in the city.
Changing Lives has been granted planning permission to regenerate Elliott House, a 52-bedroom, hostel based in the centre of the City. This will transform the way the charity provides support to people experiencing homelessness across Newcastle.
Elliott House currently offers direct access, short term emergency accommodation for people who are in crisis housing situations. The new site will provide 36 self-contained apartments for people who have experienced difficult times but are now wanting to live independently within the community.
Elliott House will provide people-centred support services that are designed to move more people out of services and into stable homes and towards a fulfilling life.
The regeneration of Elliott House has been made possible thanks to £2.2m of funding from Homes England and support from Newcastle City Council.
Changing Lives worked alongside JDDK Architects on the design of the development and building work will be completed by Meldrum over the coming 12 months.
Stephen Bell OBE, Chief Executive at Changing Lives, said: “Changing Lives began as a small charity in 1970 called Tyneside Cyrenians, helping people who were experiencing homelessness through our hostels and day centres. Over the years, our experience has told us that people who are experiencing homelessness need more than a roof over their head – they need individual support that puts their needs at the very centre.
“The new Elliott House will allow us to provide more meaningful support to the people who need our services. We work to support some incredible people who face so many personal challenges and we know from experience that focussing on an individual’s strengths helps to empower them to lead a more fulfilling life. Our move on accommodation at Elliott House will help more people to overcome their challenges, break the cycle of homelessness and realise their full potential to lead a more fulfilling life.”
Cllr Linda Hobson, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for housing, said: “Newcastle is a city that is working hard towards ending homelessness and a vital part of achieving that is ensuring the right provision is in place.
“This redevelopment will provide a far better short-term solution for individuals or even families experiencing hardship, giving them better support to help them on their feet in order to find a more permanent home in our city.”
JDDK Project Architect, Samantha Dixon, listed on the RIBA Conservation Register, commented, “Our brief was to reconfigure the building internally and look at external possibilities within the grounds, crucially aware that this was a Grade II listed building of architectural importance.”
“We’ve worked for the charity for over 20 years since the original extension in 1999, designing the offices and self-build garden structure in 2008 and further alteration work/extension in 2010, so whilst we were very familiar with the building, we also needed considerable research into the City Archives to source evidence of the original internal layout and position of external outbuildings for planning discussions.”
“The design is therefore based on an historical understanding and is for the betterment of the listed building. Three new build single storey units will be sensitively located in the walled gardens alongside the reconfiguration of the existing garden structures. Internally, each floor is treated according to the best solution to provide apartment accommodation within the constraints of the historic fabric.”
Changing Lives supports over 17,000 people experiencing personal challenges annually through 100+ schemes, stretching from Northumberland to Merseyside and the Midlands. The charity is dedicated to supporting people to reach their potential, including addiction and recovery programmes, employment guidance, help for people in prison or on probation, and support for people experiencing sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.
Elliott House was officially opened by Changing Lives in 1990 as a hostel for single homeless men. Changing Lives (previously Tyneside Cyrenians) acquired the building from Newcastle City Council. The building was originally built as four town house ‘villas’, 1-4 Bentinck Terrace and amongst its varied history, it was a Marie Curie care home.
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For more information on our Housing and Homeless services please see here: https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/services/housing-homelessness/