Latest News | 11 January 2023

Architects secure planning for charity’s new offices

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Matthew Montague Architects has secured planning permission to transform a redundant site into new offices for Derby’s oldest charity.

Situated in Alice Street, and part of the Nottingham Road Conservation Area, the project for The Liversage Trust will see the existing buildings transformed into modern offices and workshops with courtyard parking.

The trust, which was founded in 1529, is an alms houses charity, offering accommodation and care for Derby residents in need.

It has a varied property portfolio comprising 160 alms houses, a 40-bed care home and a variety of commercial units and residential properties across the city.

Paul McLocklin, consultant architect at Matthew Montague Architects, who has worked with the trust for more than 40 years, said: “The trust has a varied portfolio that we have assisted them to manage, refurbish and restore.

“The works on Alice Street will enhance the future viability and prosperity of the conservation area and strengthen the trust’s portfolio.

“The offices will add great operational benefit to the trust. We are looking forward to getting the project underway.”

Andy Mellors, general manager of The Liversage Trust, said: “Every day we are seeing the effects of the cost-of-living crisis.

“Investing in stock and property allows us to keep the heritage and the trust alive moving into the 21st century.”

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