Making the old feel brand new

Our almshouses are picturesque properties designed for older people in our communities. They’re typically funded by a charity, sometimes from a donation made by a family or religious group.

We manage almshouses all over the East Midlands, providing support to the charities that administer them. As trustees, we’re responsible for maintaining and preserving the history of these properties.

Captain Albert Ball VC Memorial Homes

Captain Albert Ball VC Memorial Homes and the cenotaph are two star listed properties, falling in the top 8% of all listed buildings in England. The homes were built in memory of Albert Ball a fighter pilot during World War I.

We’ve undertaken work to restore and preserve the cenotaph, which was completed in September 2020. We’ll also be replacing the windows and secondary glazing, with works to start in January 2021 for eight weeks.

We’re giving the building a fresh paint as well as completing roofline work. Alongside this, we’ll be completing some repairs to the brick work and boundary wall. Works on this part of the project will begin in April 2021 for around 10 weeks.

Norris Homes

Norris Homes is a grade 2 listed building, designed by the famous architect Watson Fothergill, who’s work can be seen all over Nottingham. This building includes a row of eight one-bedroom houses built by Mary Smith Norris in 1893.

We’ll be doing some work to the roof and chimney along with brick work and lead repairs. We’re due to start the works at Norris Homes in February 2021 for approximately 16 weeks.

Matthew Score, Maintenance Manager, praised the project: “I think we should celebrate NCHA’s commitment to preserving the wonderful character of the buildings. We’re really grateful to be able to play a part in preserving Nottingham’s history. It’s something our Property Services team can be really proud of.”