Plymouth based community organisation shortlisted for national RICS award

A community organisation which has transformed a derelict building into an active community, business and health and wellbeing hub, has been shortlisted for a prestigious RICS award

Four Greens Community Trust (FGCT) Enterprise, Health and Wellbeing hub, based on the site of a former care home in North West Plymouth, has been shortlisted for a RICS award in the Community Benefit category for 2017.

FGCT took on the redundant care home and undertook a £1.275 Million renovation of the building, in partnership with Plymouth City Council. After extensive consultation with local residents in Honicknowle, Ernesettle, Manadon and Whitleigh the building reopened as a community hub in July 2016.

Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities for Plymouth City Council said: “It is great news that Four Greens Community Trust has been shortlisted. This building project would not have been possible without the support of funding from the City Council’s Investment Fund, and a dedicated project team made up of the board directors, prospective anchor tenants, project manager, designers, business development manager and the background PCC core staff team.”

Dave Vear, Chair of Four Greens Community Trust added : “ The FGCT now have a fit for purpose building which can start to improve the quality of life for the residents of North West Plymouth enabling them to achieve their aspirations, thus feeling a sense of pride and ownership in the community”

Unused for 10 years before redevelopment the building attracted acts of vandalism and graffiti. Following the investment and development by FGCT and Plymouth City Council the area has now been transformed into an eye catching building, providing space for small businesses, support services such as Barnardos and Livewell SW and community spaces for the local community.

Memory Matters, which offers services to older people living with dementia utilises the new community space. Kate Smith, Director of Memory Matters said: “As a social enterprise we are always looking to work alongside other local community organisations. The FGCT building is well planned , comfortable and works well as an engaging environment. When working in the building you would never know that it used to be a care home, the planning and design works well for an office building for us and meets our needs perfectly. As Steve Jobs said ‘Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.’ For us FGCT works. “

The category winners and Project of the Year winner will be announced at an awards ceremony and dinner on 11th May in Bristol.