Supported Accommodation for Vulnerable Women – Peckham, London

Supported Accommodation for Vulnerable Women – Peckham, London

Bowman Riley was approached by the property industry charity LandAid to assist with the refurbishment of supported accommodation for vulnerable women facing homelessness on a pro-bono basis in Peckham, London for Oasis Community Housing.

The facility is for 16 women providing single rooms, self-contained flats and mother and baby units.

The initial scheme was for a small extension to the original building comprising the refurbishment of the office, communal lounge and communal kitchen. The involvement with the initial contractor diminished and the extension was cancelled. The charity went ahead with an alternative proposal to refurbish the originally intended areas and the communal areas and residents’ rooms.

We supported the charity beyond our original role of principal designer by agreeing and preparing a refurbishment schedule of works, administering a tender analysis and recommending a contractor, coordination, project management and contract administration over the project’s duration. We were involved for a two year period and continued our service throughout the pandemic.

The challenges we encountered concerned the movement of vulnerable residents to stay in hotels or with friends/family during the works, the difficulty of securing a contractor and undertaking the works during the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. The successful delivery of the project was facilitated by phasing the works into two stages.

“We are amazed by the tenacity of Bowman Riley to support this project. A big thank you for sticking with us. We really do appreciate the commitment you have shown to this project.”

Hazel Ditchburn, Corporate Relationship Manager, Oasis Community Housing

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