Redevelopment could bring jobs to Lowestoft
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Redevelopment of a landmark building by a community healthcare provider could bring new jobs and improved services to the area, according to its chief executive.
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) – a social enterprise that provides a range of community-based NHS and social care in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas – will be moving into its new headquarters in Lowestoft on Monday (January 23).
The £1.25million pound purchase and redevelopment of Hamilton House – the former base of an offshore energy construction company – sees about 100 administrative staff move from Beccles.
They will be joined by clinical personnel who previously worked out of bases elsewhere in Lowestoft.
ECCH employs around 900 staff and is responsible for services including district nursing, health visiting, physiotherapy and much more.
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Chief executive Jonathan Williams said: 'This is so exciting for us.
'ECCH launched five years ago and this is the first property the organisation has owned outright.
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'It shows how far we have come and that we're determined to stay and to continue growing.
'We wanted a permanent base for our staff in the midst of the community we serve and from where we can continue our aim of finding innovative ways to improve services for local people of the highest possible quality.
'We have plans to strengthen our existing portfolio and move into new areas. Lowestoft was the obvious choice for a base for us as, like ECCH, the town is undergoing a transformation in terms of business growth and development.'
Hamilton House is also the base for Custom Kitchens Lowestoft – a design and installation company who supply kitchens, bedrooms and living furniture across East Anglia.
It will remain a tenant of ECCH in a retail space on the ground floor and also part of the first floor.
Custom Kitchens Lowestoft will benefit from some of the renovations such as the new windows and are planning to launch special window graphics and displays as the scaffolding is removed from the building.
Geoff Price, owner of Customs Kitchens Lowestoft, said: 'We are delighted that ECCH have bought Hamilton House. It's a well known local building and it's great to see it being revived after so much of it has been empty for a long time. It's a very exciting time for us and for Lowestoft.'
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