GHA were delighted to attend the recent Royal Opening for the TouchBase Pears project in Selly Oak. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (the charity’s Royal Patron) was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Midlands John Crabtree OBE. She also met supporters, business leaders, the public and members of the design and construction teams, before taking a tour of the centre with Justin Molloy, the charity’s Chair, and Gill Morbey, Chief Executive.
Sense Chief Executive, Gill Morbey, said: “TouchBase Pears is a new way of delivering social care services, leading the way for the rest of the voluntary sector and beyond. With its focus not just on services, but arts and wellbeing, office space, library, café and rooted in the heart of the community, it shows Sense can work beyond the boundaries of social care. TouchBase Pears is bringing people together and demonstrating how integration and inclusion can work in Birmingham, but its reach and impact will be much wider.”
TouchBase Pears Manager, Laura Benson, said: “TouchBase Pears is quickly becoming an important community hub, with so much going on, including arts and sport, children’s library and a buzzing café.”
GHA Studio Director, Sandeep Shambi, said “Glenn Howells Architects are proud to have been part of this unique project – it was fantastic to have attended the Royal opening and see the centre come to life”.
The project has won multiple awards, including the Community Benefit Award at this year’s RICS Regional Awards and the Concrete Society Awards.