NOTTINGHAM based charity The Ear Foundation celebrates the completion of an extension to hearing centre Marjorie Sherman House in Lenton, giving more families the gift of hearing.

The extension, designed by Nottingham based architect CPMG, will double the amount of accommodation currently available on the site – including more consultation rooms and a brand new IT suite.

The project, which cost approximately £700,000 has been part funded through a £120,000 donation from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership representing business’s from across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Sue Archibold, chief executive at The Ear Foundation said: “The Ear Foundation brought cochlear implants to the UK in 1989 and our aim is to improve hearing and communication in a technological era.

“Technology breakthroughs are helping more people than ever before have the chance to hear and due to demand we needed more space at the centre.

“We have named the new extension ’Soundspace’ and this addition to our facility will enable us to expand our operations and allows us to double the number of families treated and treble the number of medical professionals we can train.

“We are really pleased to working with CPMG again. They designed our existing building and this knowledge has greatly improved the look and feel of the new structure, incorporating features of the old house creating a family friendly environment.”

The Ear Foundation provides services which bridge the gap between clinics that fit pioneering technologies such as cochlear implants, bone conducting hearing implants and hearing aids, and the local community where they are used in everyday life.

Alex Walker, architect at CPMG said: “We have been supporting the Ear Foundation for over 10 years having designed Marjorie Sherman House in 1999.

“The current scheme is a 250m2 extension to Marjorie Sherman House that includes new conference, therapy and office space to meet the growing demand for post cochlear implant support and information.

“The new building has demanding internal acoustic performance criteria to create the best conditions for hearing therapy and education.”

Nick Gregory, director as CPMG said: “The timing for the handover couldn’t be better as it also happens to fall on the same week as International Cochlear Implant Day (Wednesday 25 February).

“It was on this same site that the charity was set up to fund and provide the first cochlear implants to UK children back in 1989.”

Work which started in August has taken six months to complete, finishing in February; the centre is due to open its doors to patients in the spring of 2015.

The Ear Foundation is aiming to have the centre open and operational by spring 2015.