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First Base Wins First Prize for Renovation

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First Base Day centre has been announced as a winner of the 2012 Sussex heritage Award 2012.

The day centre received the award for the £800,000 renovation of First Base Day Centre for homeless and insecurely housed men and women.

In 2008 BHT obtained funding for the refurbishment of First Base; a Grade 2 Listed Building designed by John Crunden in 1766.

The renovation, led by CDMS Partners Ltd and Cheesmur Building Contractors, saw the restoration of the original interiors and provided up to date facilities to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable men and women in the city.

First Base works with over 100 men and women each day, including 80 rough sleepers, providing a range of services from work and learning opportunities, advice, medical services, nutritious food, showers and laundry facilities.

Funding came from the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund and from BHT’s own resources.

The introduction of the two free standing pods within the former chapel and ball room was an imaginative design solution. Not only do the pods provide a very effective solution to the brief, they also allow the existing renovated Adams style space to be experienced in all its glory.

Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2012 Judges

We are so pleased that CDMS Partners Ltd entered First Base for this award. The refurbishment of St Stephen’s Hall is one of brilliance and has made an incredible difference to how we use the space.

The redevelopment included a training kitchen facility, new showers and toilets, medical rooms and consultation rooms; all of which have made a huge difference to how we are able to work with vulnerable people to help them to move on from homelessness and towards a more positive future.

Nikki Homewood, BHT Director of Homelessness Services

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