A new centre offering health services, two hostels and emergency beds for Cardiff’s homeless moved a step closer to completion yesterday after the last tile was placed on its roof.
The “topping out” ceremony marked a milestone in the construction of the new Single Assessment Centre on Dumballs Road.
The £9.4 million facility will replace Tresillian House hostel and Huggard hostel and day centre, which were controversially moved into the city centre’s Custom House in 2010 to make way for the construction of the new centre.
The Dumballs Road project will open in the summer and includes a suite where health services can be provided, as well as 44 ensuite hostel bedrooms and 16 overnight emergency beds.
There will also be a new Huggard Day Centre with training and development facilities, gardens and an allotment.
The centre is being built by contractors Cowlin Construction using funding from Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government, Hafod Housing Association, homeless charity Huggard and the Big Lottery.
Cardiff council leader Rodney Berman, executive member for communities, housing and social justice Councillor Judith Woodman, and Huggard chief executive Richard Edwards were there yesterday to see the topping out ceremony
Cllr Woodman said: “The new centre will really lead the way in providing cutting edge care and support for those who are vulnerable within our community.
“It’s fantastic to see our vision come to life and I’m looking forward to seeing the centre open in the summer of 2012 and more importantly seeing it helping those who it has been created for.”
The number of people reporting as homeless in Cardiff has risen drastically in the last 12 months, with around 12,000 waiting for emergency accommodation – an increase of 4,000 in the space of a year.