ENGIE completes homeless facility for young people

31st March 2021

ENGIE has completed work on a £1.2million project to transform a run-down building into a 32-bed accommodation unit dedicated to homeless young people.

Working on behalf of St. Basils, a youth homelessness charity, ENGIE has refurbished the building based in Coventry to provide vital services for 16-25-year-olds dealing with a range of levels of homelessness.

Formally known as Farmcote Lodge, the building has been renamed ‘Lorna Esien Court’ after a director at St. Basils who sadly passed away in 2019. As a finishing touch to the project, ENGIE donated £5000 towards a community garden where staff volunteered their time landscaping.

St. Basils has been working to tackle homelessness since 1972, working with young people to help them find and keep a home. The project at Lorna Esien Court was only made possible thanks to funding from the Heart of England Community Foundation and Homes England.

ENGIE began work on the facility in March 2020, with work continuing throughout lockdown to ensure residents were able to move in quickly once completed.

Paul Bingham, Regional Director at ENGIE, said: “We’ve worked alongside St. Basils for many years and this is yet another project which we are very proud off. We strive to improve the lives of the community by regenerating areas to provide much-needed housing solutions.

"The recent pandemic could not stop us from completing the refurbishment in time for young people to move in and be safe; it’s been a true team effort.”  

Jean Templeton, Chief Executive of St Basils, said: “We are so pleased to be opening our brand-new apartments in Coventry, with the support of Heart of England Community Foundation. With the ongoing pandemic and increase in unemployment rates for those under 25, young people need our support now more than ever. We are so thankful for the funding that has enabled this project to happen and look forward to welcoming our new residents to high-quality, safe and secure accommodation.”

Click here for a behind the scenes look at Lorna Esien Court.