GSSArchitecture are delighted to announce that work has now started on the site for a new 19 unit hostel in Harrogate, following a ground breaking ceremony on Friday 23rd August!
The ceremony was attended by Councillor Mike Chambers, Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Communities, along with representatives from Harrogate Borough Council. GSS are working closely with the Borough Council in order to deliver this important Homes England Project, which will provide temporary accommodation for homeless people in the Harrogate area. The hostel will also operate as emergency access accommodation for rough sleepers, as part of the council’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).
GSS were appointed as Architects and Lead Designers, to deliver this new homeless accommodation, which will help Harrogate Borough Council to fulfil their commitment to the Homelessness Reduction Act, whilst providing an up to date facility for the area. The new units are intended to provide more accommodation for single homeless people in Harrogate, with the existing units in the area being focused on providing accommodation for families.
The design of the hostel includes two purpose built “fully-accessible” units, providing much needed space for those with disabilities, as there is currently no suitable accommodation for wheelchair users. The new hostel will also provide space for on-site security which will be managed by the Borough Council, with staff on site 24 hours a day.