Style Acre Cabin opens at Howbery Business Park
PUBLISHED: 17:52 13 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:59 27 October 2014
Oxfordshire charity Style Acre, which specialises in enhancing the lives of people with learning disabilities, has expanded at Howbery Business Park near Wallingford, with the opening of the Style Acre Cabin thanks to the donation of a Portakabin from local building contractor, Kingerlee, coupled with free ground rent from Howbery Business Park.
Style Acre was in desperate need of more space to create a quiet area at Howbery to provide massage, relaxation and the learning of relaxation techniques to adults with learning disabilities, which is critical to improve the quality of life of people with autism. Kate Liddle, Chief Executive of Style Acre, said: “We are extremely grateful for Kingerlee’s continued support of Style Acre. Together, with Howbery Business Park, they have made it possible for us to create a calming area that will be the perfect retreat for many of the people we help on a daily basis.” The total donation, including delivery and installation of the 240 sq. ft. Portakabin from Kingerlee coupled with Howbery Business Park’s rate for charities is £12,800. Style Acre and Kingerlee are currently working on the refurbishment of a disused nightclub in Butchers Row, Banbury, to establish a hub for adults with learning disabilities in North Oxfordshire. Sam Brown, Kingerlee’s Contract Manager overseeing the project, said: “Kingerlee is committed to ensuring our business is making a positive contribution to the local community and we fully support the fantastic work of the Style Acre team. We have a great deal of experience at working on building projects that support individuals with disabilities, not least our current project with Style Acre in Banbury, and are delighted we could help create the Style Acre Cabin.” Style Acre’s headquarters will remain at Howbery Business Park where the charity has been based for six years.
Angela Andrews, Marketing & Lettings Manager, Howbery Business Park, said: “We fully support our two on site charities, Style Acre and ASNA, in every way that we can. The charities are part of our Howbery community which was demonstrated when an existing tenant agreed to taking alternative storage space at the park to enable the Style Acre Retreat to be located close to their premises. We wish all those who enter the retreat a calming and relaxing time!” Style Acre is also supported by celebrities Sinaed Cusack and John Craven and was recently hosted by Samantha Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street. For further information about Style Acre
About Howbery Business Park: Howbery Business Park is the UK’s first solar-powered business park and prides itself on creating a sustainable, contemporary working environment for its tenants. Set in beautifully landscaped grounds near Wallingford, Howbery Business Park’s offices offer unrivalled views across Oxfordshire’s picturesque countryside. The park provides office space for a wide range of businesses, offering both short-term lets and larger, long-term bases in bespoke office builds. Tenants also benefit from close proximity to local towns and excellent links by road, rail and bus. Site owner HR Wallingford has a highly progressive approach to sustainability, with all new builds designed to meet stringent environmental criteria. The company has created a strong community feel on site, and has also built close relationships with local suppliers. It provides a multitude of facilities for tenants to help ensure an optimal work-life balance. Substantial development opportunities exist at Howbery Business Park, with planning permission granted for 70,000 sq ft of office space and space available from 12,000 sq ft.
About Style Acre: Style Acre is a Wallingford based charity, providing supported living and day opportunities for people with learning disabilities throughout Oxfordshire. At Style Acre’s heart is the commitment to helping people make their own choices about the lives they want to lead. Dedicated carers enable and facilitate the lives of those they support in dynamic and varied ways. The charity’s day opportunities offer recreational and social activities, teach a wide range of skills, and support people in finding volunteer, work opportunities and community involvement. Style Acre has a charity
shop in Wallingford, a Tea Room in Blewbury and a Market Garden in Wantage, where people can work. With an excellent reputation within the learning disability, the community and Social Services, Style Acre is considered a forward-looking organisation, committed to developing new services. About Kingerlee Ltd: Kingerlee Limited was established in 1868. The company has a long and successful history of building in Oxfordshire and surrounding counties and in the renovation of ancient and historic buildings. Kingerlee also has a bespoke Joinery Works that excels in producing high quality joinery. Kingerlee attach great importance to the safety, health, welfare of our employees and anyone affected by our construction activities, and protection of the environment. We are committed to behaving ethically and considerately and take steps to ensure our business is making a positive contribution to our local community and its economic development. The development and support of our people is a priority for us.