It’s twelve months on since the accommodation block we provided for homeless charity, Emmaus Hastings, was officially opened by, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

On the 5th December 2014 the Duchess visited the Centre and unveiled a plaque to declare Charlie Jordan House, officially open. Click here to see a video of the Royal visit.

It was the final stage in a journey which began back in 2009 when we were approached by the architect and project manager working for Emmaus Hastings and Rother, a homeless charity that provides work and living space for people who have experienced homelessness, or companions as they are known by the Charity.

Commenting on the building’s value and impact to date project manager for Emmaus Hastings Mike Edwards said: “We built the facility over three phases, with the first being installed in 2009 and the last in 2014. In all of that time we have had to undertake the bare minimum of maintenance, literally a lick of paint here and a replacing a shower screen there. But the fabric of the building has remained entirely robust and it has enabled us to be able to provide accommodation for many people who would otherwise have been homeless.

He added: “The original modules still look as good today as compared to when they were handed over in 2009. That is a good measure of the quality which, together with performance and price, is so important in the world today.”

The building is a 23 bedroom, en-suite modular accommodation block which incorporates management accommodation, a communal living room, laundry room, common areas and kitchen facilities. The facility also includes a bedroom with en-suite facilities which is used by any companions living with disability.

The 16 module building, which is configured over two floors, was manufactured, delivered and installed in three phases to enable the Charity to raise funds at each stage.

Emmaus Hastings and Rother provides a home and meaningful work for up to 23 people who have experienced homelessness. The companions live on site in the purpose-built accommodation and they work in the charity’s social enterprise, a shop selling second-hand furniture and other donated items, and a recently opened café.