Manchester Methodist Housing Group (MMHG) owns and manages the Heavy Drinkers’ Project in Manchester, which houses and supports people living with long term alcohol dependency.
The core house for the Heavy Drinkers’ Project is Docherty House, Rusholme, approximately two miles from the city centre. It has been providing supported accommodation for alcohol dependent men and women since 1990. MMHG acquired extra land from Manchester City Council to build a bigger and better base equipped to serve residents with disabilities and women.
Aegis was appointed as CDM Co-ordinators for the demolition of the existing building and construction of the new centre, which cost £1.75 million to build.
Completed in June 2009, Docherty House comprises seven one-bedroom flats and seven studio flats with a communal garden, kitchen, training room, office and laundry. Each resident has a fully furnished private room and access to a shared lounge, a quiet lounge and a small garden.
The scheme is secured with CCTV and a door entry system. It has under floor heating throughout. Communal corridors on upper levels have full height windows and metal louvres to enable air to circulate. The building has a lift and, in the garden, a large glass canopy so that external space can be used in all weather.