Enhancements to Nottingham’s Arena Church will provide refuge for vulnerable locals
Midlands contractor G F Tomlinson has transformed a disused space to help support vulnerable local residents.
As part of the company’s commitment to delivering social value in the region and building on its long-standing relationship with Nottingham’s Arena Church, the contractor has provided ventilation upgrades and enhancement works for the basement area of the central city shelter in Western Street, Hockley.
The contractor partnered with Amptron Electrical Services to provide upgraded ventilation systems which allow mechanical air change movements, to help with the lack of natural air flow, due to the location within the building.
The G F Tomlinson client care team also carried out redecoration works to the space.
These enhancements have provided vulnerable Nottingham residents with shelter, sanitation facilities and hot refreshments.
New bollards were also installed to car parking bays, enabling the church to rent out the spaces to local businesses in the city centre, providing much needed revenue for the shelter.
Serving the community
In February 2023, G F Tomlinson worked with local sub-contractors to convert previously unused space into a shower and washer/dryer facility for vulnerable residents to use.
This year, the contractor has provided a total of £67,782 worth of social value-added opportunities for Arena Church, and the vital additions will act as an extension of the church’s mission to "go, grow, love and serve" in the city.
Stephen Green, project manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “It has been a pleasure to return to the Arena Church and to build on the great work we did previously, providing further necessary renovations to this community asset and provide help and facilities where most needed, especially in the wintertime.
“As a company, we are strong advocates of the incredible work that Arena Church does for the local area, and it’s a privilege that the team have again been involved in further enhancing spaces to provide refuge for vulnerable people in Nottingham.”