‘Unlocking the Warehouse’ — FoE embarks on ambitious refurbishment plans

The Warehouse, Allison St (illustration: FoE)

The Warehouse in Allison St, Digbeth, has been home to Friends of the Earth and a number of other environmental and progressive causes for the past forty years.  And now the organisation is about to embark on an ambitious refurbishment plan. FoE aims to raise nearly £250,000 through a community share offer scheme to finance the complete refurbishment of The Warehouse, its community environment centre.

Financing for the work is also being supported by Co-operatives UK and Power to Change.

FoE has already chosen Jericho Construction — a Jericho Foundation social enterprise — to undertake the planned construction work.

When completed The Warehouse will showcase state-of-the-art insulation, energy-saving insulation and glazing of a kind that many other buildings in Birmingham will need if the city is to meet its commitments to act on climate change.

Phil Burrows, General Manager at Birmingham Friends of the Earth says, “We’ve chosen Jericho Construction because of the transparent way that they quote, the excellent work they’ve done for us in the past and their status as a social enterprise.”

Find out more about FoE’s community fundraising scheme.

Full details of the FoE share offer.

Read more on the Jericho Foundation blog.

Phil Burrows, FoE (L), and Richard Beard, Jericho (R)

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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