JDA Architects have a long history of designing for the homeless and even holding charity events to raise funds for the homeless, it was therefore natural that we should be involved in a “modular build” homeless centre project in London.
As part of the services offered to the residents within the Borough , the Council has a statutory duty to provide temporary accommodation for homeless individuals and households it has accepted the duty for providing assistance; typically in the first instance, by offering accommodation in hostels or bed & breakfast hotels for a temporary period.
Similarly to other local authorities within London and the South East, the areais facing an increasing challenge to meeting its statutory obligations in providing temporary accommodation for those homeless households it has accepted a duty to house. The Council has re-examined the existing provision and has concluded that it has failed to deliver the number of suitable temporary homes need at a price that is sustainable and affordable.
With the pressures of providing immediate assistance to homeless households, the council is proposing the erection of 3no. temporary modular three-storey accommodation blocks.
The aim in utilisation of the modular blocks is to give immediate purpose build accommodation for identified homeless households while a more permanent solution to affordable temporary homes is considered by the Council.
The use of a factory built modular units, allows for the immediate erection of the proposed buildings while significantly reducing the cost and impact a build of this size would have on the neighbouring community whilst bringing a brownfield site back into use.