Brighton charity and community service provider and CBN member, Community Base, has embarked on a building regeneration project the year before its 20th Birthday.
Community Base provides a home to community and voluntary organisations in Brighton and Hove. Situated on Queens Road, Brighton, the building is being recladded with aluminium cladding and the majority of the windows replaced starting. The old exterior had corrosion and concrete cancer which unsafe and ugly. The impact of the project will be that the building will be safer and more comfortable, as well as improving its environmental qualities and preserving the modernist aesthetic.
Charities at Community Base assist the most vulnerable in Brighton, Hove and the wider area, addressing issues such as homelessness, special needs and disabilities, alongside working closely with the LGBT, traveller, BAME communities and marginalised groups. The collective Charities are profoundly important to the community, providing services to those who may be without support or guidance. Charities based in the Queens Road offices are provided with a good quality, serviced and affordable space, allowing them to operate effectively. The building work will maintain and improve these offices further. The central location is also ideal for service users, as Community Base is just a short walk from Brighton train station.
The project is due to be complete in May 2017 – which will coincide with Community Base’s twentieth birthday. A film will be made documenting the construction, via a time lapse camera, to serve as an archive and a record for future organisations, the local community and staff who use the building. There will be an end of project and twentieth anniversary celebration at Community Base which will showcase all the work of the organisations who make up the building.