Pitch helps Lincoln homeless centre become a reality

24 December 2019

We’re helping to tackle the housing crisis, with the creation of a new homeless centre in Lincoln.

A £700,000 grant from Homes England was secured to build the centre, through the Blue Skies Consortium, a group of housing associations jointly led by Longhurst Group and Nottingham Community Housing Association.

This money enabled YMCA Lincolnshire to build the £1.6 million Nomad Centre, providing purpose-built accommodation for vulnerable people in the city.

The new centre was opened by the HM Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

The building, which replaces the existing Nomad Centre on Monks Road, is made up of 20 en-suite rooms for emergency accommodation and two new supported housing rooms, a professional kitchen and day centre facilities.

We acted as the development agent and clerk of works for the scheme on behalf of the YMCA.

Residents will have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Nick Worboys, Director of Development and Sales, said: “We are delighted that the new Nomad Centre in Lincoln has become a reality thanks to the help of our consultancy service, Pitch.

“Longhurst Group operates extensively in Lincoln, so we are very aware of just how much this new accommodation is needed and what a positive and life-changing difference it will make.

“We are proud to have played our part in bringing this project to life and hope it proves an invaluable resource for YMCA Lincolnshire to help them continue their very important work.”

Project Manager Simon Dillon, added: “Converting an existing building will always have its challenges but the project team worked together to overcome all obstacles to deliver a scheme we can all be proud of.”

YMCA Lincolnshire said they valued the support we gave throughout the project and thanked everyone involved in the development.

Ian Sackree, chair of YMCA Lincolnshire, said: “YMCA Lincolnshire is very grateful to everyone who has supported the Nomad shelter over the past 20 years and those who have helped make our dream of modern, dignified and private accommodation for those without homes a reality."