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Royal opening for Danzer’s homeless people’s centre

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall officially opened a £580,000 residential unit for homeless people last week, produced by Nottingham modular building company Danzer Ltd.

Danzer, produced the unique 16-module accommodation for homeless charity Emmaus Hasting and Rother.

The Duchess, who is patron of Emmaus UK, visited the Centre and unveiled a plaque to declare Charlie Jordan House, officially open. The name honours the memory of the charity’s first Chairman.

The 23 bedroom, en-suite modular accommodation block, which was built at Danzer’s Langley Mill production site, incorporates management accommodation, a communal living room, laundry room, common areas and kitchen facilities.

It also includes a bedroom and en-suite facilities which can be used by any people living with disability.

The building is configured over two floors, and has been delivered and installed in three phases to enable to Charity to raise funds at each stage. The final phase will be installed in March 2014.

Commenting on the project and how he came to appoint Danzer architect Bob Bogie said: “Mike Edwards, the project manager for Emmaus, and I spoke to a number of manufacturers and we were drawn by Danzer’s ability to find solutions to problems, its fast turnaround and the affordability of the product.

“They certainly offered the best technical solutions and, as we knew they could build great modular school buildings, we appointed them fairly swiftly.

“The build and installation has gone pretty much according to plan, despite a short hold up when we had really bad weather and they struggled to get anything on or off the site at Langley Mill. However, the schedule was back on track quickly and the building has been delivered and installed with very few complications at all.”

Danzer Director Dan Holloway, who attended the Royal opening, said: “This has been a project of significant interest to us over the last four years and it was great to see the project receive the Royal seal of approval.

“It’s been an unusual build because of the high level of facilities included such as showers, toilets and washbasins, so we had to ensure that the buildings were designed to accommodate all of the mechanical and engineering work necessary.”