RRA was approached by local charity The Little Princess Trust in 2019 to look at converting a disused building into a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence to house the charity headquarters including offices, a wig fitting salon, a wig making workshop and conference suite.
Client:Little Princess Trust
Established in Hereford in 2006, The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions, as well as funding vital research to find better treatments for childhood cancers.
The brief was to maximise the potential of the existing site in a cost effective way, but also to incorporate several different spaces so that all the Trusts administrative and operational activities could be under one roof. This would include:
- Office space for the administration work.
- Wig making workshop – currently the wigs are made overseas, but a new purpose built workshop and store would help resurrect the art of wig-making in the UK and create jobs in the local area.
- Salon for fitting the bespoke wigs to the children and young people.
- Conference and training suite to host ground-breaking paediatric cancer treatment and research conferences with international experts, funding bodies and laboratories.
Following a successful feasibility study, a number of concept designs were developed for the Trust before they selected their preferred scheme to be developed and submitted for planning approval. Pending approval being granted works are expected to start onsite this year and to be completed in 2020.
RRA is extremely proud to be part of this amazing project which will benefit all the many thousands of people who are involved with the charity and will also put Herefordshire on the map as a very significant player in the field of paediatric cancer research.
Read more about the Little Princess Trust here.