Pro Bono Professional Services for Renovations

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Four local professionals have offered their expertise free of charge, making sure that the Hill Street renovation project is completed to the highest of standards. 

Architect, Ken Morgan RIBA and co-founder of Dorset based Morgan Carey Architects has been instrumental in the ambitious re-design of the former Baptist church and in drawing up the plans and submitting them for approval.  Commenting on his involvement, Ken said, “I am delighted to be part of the team responsible for converting the Hill Street Chapel as a base for Poole’s homeless community. It is an extremely worthwhile cause and one in which I have some personal interest.” 

In June, Mark Cook of MC Plan and Site Services offered to do the Hill Street building control on a pro bono basis. “We are very passionate about supporting local charities such as Routes to Roots. As a Poole based business, what your charity is trying to do for homelessness in Poole is something very close to our hearts,” said Mark.

Structural Engineer, Brian Willis of BE Willis Consultant Civil and Structural Engineers has well over 50 years of experience in structural engineering and like Ken and Mark, has generously dedicated his time and expertise to ensure the building is structurally safe to proceed with renovations and will be on hand to inspect the renovation work until it is completed.

Sherborne-based lighting designer John Bullock has offered his services free following an introduction by Ken Morgan. John will not only do the lighting design for us but is also hoping to source good quality fixtures through his industry contacts and the on-line magazine he publishes for the UK lighting industry. John says: “One of the enduring fallacies that we hear constantly is ‘we’re all in this together’, when – of course – we certainly do not all experience life equally. We are NOT all in this together. Initiatives like Routes to Roots help to bridge an inequality gap that we all should be ashamed of and I’m happy to be able to provide my knowledge to the success of this project.”