Muamba House – New homelessness service
saha are pleased to announce that residents moved into Muamba House in Bolton on 4th April.
Prior to moving in they were taken around the new building and were impressed with the high standard of accommodation, especially when compared with the existing lifehouse. They were looking forward to having their own en suite shower in the new rooms.
The name of the new lifehouse was chosen by the residents of the existing hostel, being named after Fabrice Muamba the former Bolton FC footballer. He will guest of honour at the official opening which will take place in the summer once all of the old building has been demolished and the landscaping is complete
The building has a large communal area on the ground floor, with sofa’s and a work bench for using computers on. The centre will have communal rooms designed to be flexible for multi-purpose use. Residents will receive assistance in areas such as: health, finance, housing options, employment and training or any other issue they need to resolve.
The construction has been complex and included the partial demolition of the existing hostel, the retention of the rest of the old hostel, which has remained open while the new hostel has been completed. Training and employment opportunities were offered to residents of the existing hostel throughout the works and many took up this offer to improve their skills.
The total cost of the project was over £3.6m with over £2m of grant funding provided by the Homes and Communities Agency. The design work was done by Bauman Lyons, who started by working with residents of the existing hostel (Gilead House). The construction was carried out by Globe who is based locally in Warrington. Staff from Bolton Council were consulted throughout the project.