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Transforming our Manchester centre into a fit for purpose and environmentally friendly space

Our corporate collaborations help us create change for people living in Temporary Accommodation across the UK. Thanks to KKS Savills* and the wider Savills team, our dream of transforming our Manchester centre into a fit for purpose and environmentally friendly space, where we can welcome and support people who are close to the streets, is becoming a reality.

Our collaboration began when we were matched through the Landaid Pro Bono Projects scheme. Savills Managing Director, Richard Rees, sits on the Landaid Board and asked his team to get involved. Luckily for Justlife, a team was assembled by Savills around the project including architects, sustainability advisors, project consultants and engineers, all of whom shared their expertise free of charge. Following a visit to our Manchester Centre, and meetings with key stakeholders they developed space plan options, a concept design report and a set of drawings that could be used to develop a cost plan. The team engaged with local contractors to cost the project and then value engineered initial prices to keep the project within budget.

We are currently fundraising for the build phase and hope to start the work really soon. When we do, Savills will be with us every step of the way, providing project management together with ongoing liaison with the chosen contractor. Post-build we will furnish the centre through Savills network of suppliers.

This is a lovely scheme and we wanted to help Justlife make the most out of the space and ultimately make it work more effectively so that they can support the growing number of people in Manchester who are living in unsupported temporary accommodation. Projects like this give me real job satisfaction and working with Justlife has been a delight!

Carl Mitchell, Associate Director of KKS Savills

Thank you, Savills! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has given so generously of their skills and time. Without you this project would not have been possible, and we can’t wait for the refurbishment of the Manchester centre to be complete!

KKS Savills is an award-winning international independent design studio, specialising in full service interior architecture and design, development advisory, and workplace strategy for occupiers. Their focus is on the best interests of the occupier, their business and workspace efficiency.

The Manchester Team outside of the Justlife Centre