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Innes England completes rehabilitation facility



Commercial estate agent Innes England has converted a former convent into a rehabilitation centre.

The £1.8million renovation has transformed the former Convent of the Holy Name in Oakwood, Derby. The interior of the Georgian building includes a new wing of en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen for residents, while the chapel has been converted into a breakout and quiet room.

The centre, due to open at the end of October, will be run by Phoenix Futures, which helps vulnerable people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Trish Topliss, Associate Director at Innes England, said: “It has been exciting to watch this magnificent building develop and take shape over the past few months.

“The fact that it is around 300 years old means that there were unique hurdles to overcome in dealing with Georgian architecture. Certain modern facilities, such as electricity, had to be approached with special care.

“Our team of experts worked diligently to ensure the project was delivered on time and to the highest standard. I’m so glad we were able to step in and help prevent it from falling apart. after the unfortunate departure of its former tenants last year. .

“I think the nuns of the Community of the Holy Name would be happy to see that their house has had its life extended and has been converted into a place of healing.”

The rehabilitation center has 38 private rooms, with a team of staff who support residents with their psychological and social needs.

James Armstrong, Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer of Phoenix Futures, said, “Everyone has the potential to make change. This residential service is designed for people who have struggled to access treatment and make the changes they want in the community.It is one of the only residential facilities to offer support for drug, alcohol and mental health needs on one site.

“Over the past decade, residential treatment services have closed due to lack of funding. This will be the first time since the introduction of the new drug strategy last year to address gender inequality. access for people with more complex needs.

“We will work with partners to provide therapeutic support on an individual and group basis, with professional support workers, to help reduce the blame and shame that there may be around addiction.”