Residential

St Claire’s House

St Albans, Hertfordshire

CLIENT: Hightown Housing Association
ARCHITECT: The Tooley & Foster PArtnership
QUANTITY SURVEYOR: Calford Seaden
VALUE: £990,000
CONTRACT PERIOD: 59 Weeks

This scheme, completed by our Residential Division, involved the conversion of a locally listed former old peoples home into temporary accommodation for those in housing need.

The internal layout of the Victorian property, which was originally constructed in the late 1800s, was dramatically altered to form 10 self contained apartments across the buildings 3 floors.

New kitchen and bathrooms were installed in all of the apartments along with new flooring and decorations throughout. Mechanical and electrical services were also removed and replaced with modern, more efficient alternatives including a state-of-the-art video door entry system.

A new pitched roof was also fitted and externally a new car park was created, new perimeter wall constructed and landscaping works completed.

The location on one of the busiest roads in the town centre coupled with the very limited space on site meant all deliveries had to be carefully scheduled and placed only when needed in order to avoid potential disruption.

Now complete the facility provides a comfortable, modern and safe place for people who are under assessment or have been accepted as homeless to stay.

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