Shoosmiths’ Manchester real-estate team provides pro bono advice to Booth Centre

Shoosmiths and GVA have given pro bono advice to Booth Centre, a Manchester homeless charity, after a surge of homelessness forced it to move premises.

After 19 years based in Manchester Cathedral, the Booth Centre at Edward Holt House on Pimblett Street launched on 15 May 2014. Edward Holt House has been funded by the Edward Holt Trust, which instructed GVA to assist in finding a suitable new premises and Shoosmiths’ Manchester office to provide legal advice.

The new space contains an advice and skills centre, which provides qualifications and training for people to get back into work. It also includes a café, which can provide hot meals to more than 100 people a day; shower facilities; access to medical care; an IT suite; a fully equipped training kitchen; education and advice rooms; a greenhouse and allotment; and a boules court.