The Broadway Centre development for the Peabody Trust provides shelter, care and support for single “rough sleepers”, most of whom have problems with alcohol or drugs. It comprises a day centre, a 15 bed hostel and 12 one bed flats providing short-term “move on” accommodation.
Part funded by the West London Rough Sleepers’ Initiative and the Charities Lottery Fund, the scheme was developed in close consultation with the agencies who care for this challenging client group. The design process included presentations to planning officers, local residents and typical clients to ensure that what was a potentially controversial development met the needs and aspirations of its users and minimised disruption to its neighbours.
The combination of three separate facilities on one site reduced staffing requirements while providing continuity of care. With services including healthcare, counselling and training, the scheme was designed to help residents learn the skills required for independent living elsewhere in the community. The scheme incorporates both passive and active security for staff, clients and local residents.
The project was novated to a design and build contractor at Stage D.