Sectors & Projects - Commercial & Retail

Autism Plus Park House Farm

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Henry Boot Construction have completed work on Phase 1 of Park House Farm, including renovating and restructuring existing derelict barns and outhouses and transforming the early 1930s structures into a purpose-designed chocolate manufacturing unit, workshop and demonstration space.

The £152,000 project enabled the launch of an innovative social enterprise, which is staffed and run by industry professionals, who work alongside a team of co-workers with autism and associated learning disabilities. This gives individuals the opportunity to receive industry-recognised training qualifications, gain work experience, develop skills and move into further employment.

The buildings and adjoining field were donated to Autism Plus by The Ampleforth Trust, the UK’s largest Benedictine community.

The Charity Bank, an organisation tailored to lending support to social causes, financed the initial phase of the site’s transformation.

The scheme included extensive internal and external renovations, including restructuring the existing building to ensure stability whilst also adhering to strict planning covenants. The chocolate factory is located on the first floor, with other facilities on the ground floor including office space, a relaxation area and a theatre style ‘meet and greet’ area for workshop delegates.

Where possible, work was carried out using the skills of local craft speople and artisans, including reusing materials wherever possible.

“Henry Boot Construction have helped us create the most amazing working environment. Their attention to detail in ensuring that the derelict buildings were sympathetically restored is a credit to the on-site team. They managed to create a state of the art modern ‘ready for purpose’ building whilst retaining many of the original historic features and I was impressed that they all took real pride in their work.”

Janet Jay, Commercial Manager, Autism Plus