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Conygar renews Island Quarter lease for alternative provision organisation

Conygar renews Island Quarter lease for alternative provision organisation

The lease for a dedicated alternative provision provider in the heart of Nottingham has been renewed by owners of The Island Quarter site.

The Conygar Investment Company PLC has been providing subsidised office space for TBAC - which delivers education, training and mentoring for young people in Nottingham – since 2016, after the lease expired on the organisation’s previous home in Carlton.

During its hour of need, Conygar was able to offer TBAC’s team of tutors, teaching assistants and mentors a permanent office space on the Manvers Road side of the site.

The organisation provides students – many of whom are special education needs and disabilities (SEND) and often from underprivileged backgrounds – with dedicated support, skills and vocational training to equip them for transitioning into mainstream schools, special schools, further education, jobs and apprenticeships and adult life.

Errol Brown, managing director and head of provision at TBAC said:

“This space has been a godsend for our organisation. Our whole model is based around providing a space in which young people can feel safe and able to build their confidence, self-esteem, self-worth, resilience and provide the right environment to learn, so we have been so grateful to be able to share this impressive site with Conygar.

“When we initially spoke to the team back in 2018, they immediately saw what we needed and how much the space would help us deliver this. This fantastic facility has been invaluable to supporting us in the work we do with young people and over the past three years we have all come to love the space.

“We are so pleased to be able to extend our stay in this building and keep offering a place where young people can learn, develop and ultimately become happy, valuable members of society.”

Christopher Ware of Conygar said the company didn’t have to think twice about renewing the lease, given the great work it does for youngsters in the community.

“The work that Errol and the team at TBAC do to support young people in the city is phenomenal. We’re delighted to be able to renew the lease and we will continue to do everything we can to assist them and ensure that they can continue their wonderful work,” he said.

“The office space is perfectly suited to an organisation of this size and scope, and so as long as it serves TBAC with what it needs, we are more than happy to help.”

Conygar’s plans for the 36-acre site are pushing forward with Canal Turn – the first phase of construction – already well underway and Masterchef 2018 winner Laurence Henry appointed as the chef patron for the site’s restaurant. Planning permission has also been granted for the student accommodation phase, with a further application submitted for a unique cohesive-use building adjacent to Canal Turn.

The landmark development will see hundreds of jobs created, strengthening the local economy and helping to elevate Nottingham as one of the UK’s key regional cities for investors and employers.  

TBAC works closely with local government organisations such as Nottingham City Council to provide young people with the support and tools they need to prepare them for work and education.

Picture: Errol Brown of TBAC, which provides alternative provision for children who need support outside of mainstream education

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