CRASH Patrons have pulled together to help homelessness charity Emmaus St Albans expand their furniture retail and recycling facilities.
Emmaus St Albans provides 33 formerly homeless people – known as Companions – with a safe home environment and the opportunity to work refurbishing and reselling donated furniture and undertaking various other recycling activities.
Following consultations with Emmaus Companions and staff, Ryder Architecture’s Ruth Baker created plans for a timber framed extension at the rear of the building vital for the Community to continue to generate income.
Fellow Patrons AECOM took on the M&E and Structural Plans as well as acting as the Principal Designer. BAM Construct UK Project Managed the process right up until Emmaus was ready to put the contract out for tender.
British Gypsum, Knauf Insulation and Carillion all donated materials and CRASH awarded a cash grant of £20,500 bringing the value of support to £57,621.
To complete the project, teams of volunteers from AECOM, BAM and Ryder Architecture decorated the showroom space under the tutelage of a local Construction Skills lecturer. All paint and associated decorating materials were generously donated by Dulux Trade.
The Community was joined by Emmaus President Terry Waite to mark its official opening at which he gave special thanks to Ruth Baker for all her work as well as the support received from BAM Construct UK
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