Land Securities is undertaking an Energy Audit of the building to provide energy saving advice and determine changes that can be made to increase efficiency and save the charity money.
In 1985, shocked by the levels of rough sleeping in Westminster, Cardinal Basil Hume secured a former convent near Horseferry Road as accommodation for under 25s who had found themselves homeless and alone.
The building, over 4 floors in the heart of London, also came with a basement that was an ideal space for local families living in cramped B&Bs to come and play with their children. From that day forward, the Centre would become known as one of the leading providers of support for homeless young people and families in the Capital. In 2006 an extra floor was added along with 10 new rooms, and in 2013 the Centre built five new move-on units for young people on the same site.
Today the Cardinal Hume Centre is home to 37 young people escaping homelessness, who live in individual rooms over three floors, and in the move-on units. Each resident stays with the centre for up to a year and works with one of their six-person support team to learn life skills, overcome issues of confidence, behaviour and motivation, and work towards building an independent life again.
From their first day they challenge them to take the first steps on the path to employment – to make sure they never fall back into devastating homelessness. The centre provides training opportunities with local companies to give them a head start in the job market, including working with some of the world’s most renowned businesses such as Burberry, Land Securities and Cambridge Associates.
Since 2005 the ground floor of the building has been dedicated to working with other vulnerable people in the local community who face multiple disadvantages with their housing, income and skills. Over 2,000 people come each year for one to one advice, practical help and tutoring to overcome the barriers that leave them struggling day to day. The centres ethos is to welcome everybody equally and listen with patience and respect to their stories.
Typical client profile for this project
Homelessness charities are experts in delivering services to vulnerable people but frequently do not possess the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver a successful building project which is where CRASH comes in. CRASH is a unique, practical charity addressing the issues of homelessness by harnessing the skills, products and goodwill of the construction and property industry.
We act as the conduit between the industry and homelessness agencies to help improve emergency night shelters, hostels, day centres and move-on accommodation.
CRASH does this in three ways:
- Providing pro-bono professional expertise
- Sourcing building materials free of charge
- Awarding cash grants
Challenges and Actions
First stage: To replace the existing rotten single glazed windows with double glazed windows
Second stage: Energy Assessment – leading to further changes to increase energy efficiency
Land Securities and CRASH are currently working with the Cardinal Hume Centre to refurbish the building by installing much needed double glazed windows to replace the rotten single glazed metal windows. This is extremely important to provide a warm safe place for vulnerable homeless young people to go.
Land Securities is also undertaking an Energy Audit of the building to provide energy saving advice and determine changes that can be made to increase efficiency and save the charity money.
This way the Cardinal Hume Centre can spend less money on energy and more on directly supporting vulnerable young people.
Results and Successes
This project will greatly benefit vulnerable young people across the capital by ensuring that the building can provide a warm and safe place for many years to come.
These refurbishments will enable the charity to redirect money that is currently wasted running an inefficient building towards helping vulnerable young people across London
CRASH will also be adding value to this project through general improvements across the centre, general redecoration, new flooring etc and pro-bono professional expertise.
Credits – client and supplier comments, contacts and testimonials
CRASH: Ryan Richardson Projects and Resources Manager
Land Securities: Paul Boreham Group Energy and Carbon Manager, Philip Barron Corporate Responsibility Manager – London Portfolio
Cardinal Hume Centre: Gerard Mitchell Trusts and Grants Officer, Paul Shread Facilities Manager