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DATE POSTED: 09/03/2011

Highwater House Officially Opened

After years of planning and fund-raising, Highwater House, our new registered care home for 22 homeless people with "dual diagnosis" (a mental health and substance abuse problem) was officially opened on 8 May 2008. The Home was officially opened by Mrs. Margaret Webster. Her Husband, Alan Webster, was the Dean of Norwich in the early 1970's. He helped organise the first Nightshelter out of which grew the organisation that became St. Martins Housing Trust. Alan Webster went on to become the Dean of Westminster Cathedral before he and Margaret retired to Cley, North Norfolk. Alan Webster died in January 2008. During the construction work, by local builder J.S. Hay, 16 residents continued to live in the bedroom block which had been temporarily upgraded for the purpose. Using the core of the existing project, local architects Reynolds Jury designed an exciting, waterside "fit-for-purpose" building. The construction was project managed on behalf of the Trust by the Norwich office of Quantity Surveyors Davis Langdon The new building is light, bright and warm. It is very energy-efficient and uses, for example, "sun tubes" to bring natural light into enclosed spaces. Highwater House now fully complies with the Care Standards Act 2000, A Service Level Agreement exists between the Trust and the care commissioners - Norwich Primary Care Trust and Norfolk Adult Services - to provide high standards of 24-hour care for the residents.. Grants towards the £2 million project included £100,000 from the County Council, £300,000 from Norfolk Drugs and Alcohol team, and £272,000 from the Government Office for the East. Funds from local and national charitable trusts and foundations were headed by a generous £250,000 from Norwich Consolidated Charities. The Geoffrey Watling Trust chipped in with £25,000 and the Tudor Trust with £50,000.

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