The Ear Foundation Projects, Nottingham

We have been a long term supporter of the Ear Foundation charitable trust in Nottingham which deals with cochlear implants for profoundly deaf children. With support from us, the charity sought help to provide additional space for its work close to its current building.

The new headquarters for the Ear Foundation has been developed in two phases and locates a new two-storey building adjacent to the charity’s refurbished listed house, all within a walled garden.

The centre is very residential in scale and feel – partly due to its adjacency to the Georgian House, but fundamentally due to the need to create somewhere comfortable and reassuring for children.

The charity helps children to experience their new sense of hearing in comfortable and friendly surroundings that are sensitive yet stimulating. The original facility incorporates space for fundraising, administration, pre-operative assessment, post-operative evaluation and rehabilitation of young children on the cochlear implantation programme, alongside flexible space for seminars and social events.

The second phase, developed due to the success of the charity’s operations, included a learning centre, hearing technology suites, therapy rooms, family room and office accommodation.