London City Mission has opened a new short-term accommodation centre, The Corner House, above its Webber Street day centre for homeless people in Waterloo, London. The project was delivered at no cost by contractor, GRAHAM and associated subcontractors enabling the charity to provide housing and support to rough sleepers.
GRAHAM project managed the new centre from start to finish, appointing and engaging with a number of subcontractors to support on the refurbishment. The works comprised surveying and upgrading of plumbing and ventilation systems, as well as the decorating throughout, and installation of a new commercial kitchen, flooring and windows . GRAHAM also refurbished the sleeping areas.
The Corner House will provide accommodation for four men at a time for a period of six months without the need to access public funds following a referral from the London City Mission’s day centre on Webber Street. There is a staff team of four working at the project, with 29 volunteers from local churches on a rota, available to help alongside the staff. The project will be open every night of the year from 7.30 pm to 7.30 am with dinner being provided. Each resident will have a designated support worker.
Rob Joyce, GRAHAM’s London office director, said:
“Our ethos at GRAHAM is to deliver lasting impact within the communities where we operate and to make a difference by building a better future for everyone. We’re deeply proud to have worked on this project for London City Mission, which carries out important services for the homeless community and with such compassion. We’re equally thankful to our team of subcontractors who shared our determination to deliver this important centre for London’s homeless community.”
Jo Sayer, Field Director for South London for LCM said
“We are delighted by the work that GRAHAM and associated sub-contractors carried out on The Corner House to make it a safe, comfortable and fit for purpose accommodation centre. We are extremely grateful for the work that was delivered at no cost to London City Mission and for the ethos of GRAHAM in wanting to make a difference in communities. It has been a pleasure working with all at GRAHAM throughout this process.”
The project team included:
- Mechanical works: MSL
- Builders work: Suta’s Construction
- Flooring: Metric Flooring
- Window repairs: PanEuro Windows