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13 July 2017

Royal seal of approval for William Woodsend Memorial Homes

In 2015, Nottingham Community Housing Association (NCHA) completed work to restore the William Woodsend Memorial Homes on Derby Road in Nottingham. We’re delighted to announce that this work has been recognised by the Almshouse Association, who have awarded the site a Highly Commended Certificate as part of their Patron’s Award scheme.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester presented the award to NCHA’s chair, Claire Winfield, alongside Jenny McGowran and Blair Gulland, who are members of the Patron’s Award Committee, at a ceremony that took place at The Shrewsbury Drapers’ Almshouses, earlier this year.

The Patron’s Award scheme was introduced in 2000 and is open to almshouse projects that have been recently completed or refurbished. The award panel visit each of the properties on their shortlist. They look for homes that meet modern living standards, as well as restoration work that has been sympathetic to the character of older buildings.

Nottingham Community Almshouse Charity took over managing the properties fairly recently and was able to start on the renovations at the end of 2014. The revamped homes still maintain their historic character, while offering the new residents a living space that more than lives up to our modern expectations. Each of the six homes now offers a modern kitchen and bathroom, while the exterior has been landscaped both to add to the appeal of the site, and to make it more accessible. The renovations were all carried out by NCHA’s own Property Services department.

Paul Moat, Technical Services Director at NCHA, said: “We’re proud to have been able to restore the buildings and to have played a part in their history. It’s wonderful that the Almshouse Association has recognised and rewarded the work that our staff put into this project.”