Wimshurst Pelleriti’s design to transform Veterans Aid’s flagship hostel has received detailed planning approval from Tower Hamlet’s Council. The £6.5M refurbishment project will provide a world class facility for veterans in crisis and will enable the charity to greatly improve the levels of care it is able to provide.
William Wimshurst, Design Director of Wimshurst Pelleriti, said, “Due to the unique service that the building provides, it has to remain fully operational with minimal loss of existing bedrooms and facilities whilst the refurbishment takes place. This has proven challenging with regard to both the design and the phasing of the construction and has been the key driver of the brief since the initial concept.”
The existing building is being completely refurbished and extended from 1166sqm to 1745sqm, and is being over-clad with a new terracotta cladding system designed to allow for the building to be occupied whilst full refurbishment and replacement of the services, windows and thermal performance is carried out. As well as upgrading all the current facilities, the project will give Veterans Aid an extra 12 bedrooms plus training, therapy and meeting spaces and crucially will also help to reduce the building running costs per resident.
CEO Veterans Aid Dr Hugh Milroy added, “The refurbishment and upgrade of our New Belvedere House hostel is more than just a makeover; it’s an investment in the future. We have a model that works, but time has taken its toll on our buildings and facilities. The current project won’t just restore the status quo, it will future-proof our operations and provide an environment for those who spend time with us that sets them up for success. It was vital for us to work with a delivery partner who shared our vision and Wimshurst Pelleriti have met and exceeded expectations.”
Architect - Wimshurst Pelleriti
Planning Consultant - Tibbalds
Cost Consultant - Faithful+Gould
Services Engineer - Building Services Design
Structural Engineer - Solution Consulting Engineers
Project Manager - Project Management Solutions