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CRASH is the construction industry’s charity.

CRASH assists homelessness charities and hospices with their construction projects by sourcing pro-bono or discounted professional expertise, and construction products, from our Corporate Patron companies and supporters within the industry.

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How We Help

CRASH has built long-lasting, significant partnerships with companies in the construction industry. We work collaboratively with all of the homelessness and hospice charities we support to deliver assistance in three ways:

  • Professional Expertise

    CRASH can source pro-bono or discounted professional expertise thanks to our Corporate Patrons. This might include architects, engineers, quantity surveyors or contractors.

  • Construction Products

    CRASH can introduce product specifiers to ensure the correct products are selected, and source free-of-charge or discounted construction products.

  • Grant Giving

    CRASH awards grants which are made possible thanks to the generosity of the construction and property industry.

Here are examples of the areas where CRASH may provide assistance before, during and after your construction project:

Pre-Construction

  • Advice on the suitability of a property.
  • Site surveys and investigations.
  • Production of architectural and engineering designs.
  • Specification writing.
  • Tendering and procurement advice.

During Construction

  • Sourcing construction products.
  • Our Corporate Patron companies who are contractors may be able to undertake the work, depending on the project size and location.
  • Continued design advice from our Corporate Patrons if they were involved pre-construction.

Post-Construction

  • Guidance on maintenance via Maintenance Plans.
  • Advice on dilapidations
Our Corporate Patrons

Our Work

Well-designed and expertly built environments have a positive effect on how people feel and behave.

Homelessness London

CRASH delivers extensive refurbishment of move-on house from “dingy, dark accommodation to a welcoming, light-filled, well-equipped home” for homeless women and men in London.

Hospices West Yorkshire

CRASH repairs and restores Wakefield Hospice car park to ensure safe and inclusive access for patients, visitors and staff

Hospices Hampshire Surrey

CRASH Patron Morrisroe leads project to create 22 new parking spaces for patients and clinicians at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

Hospices Runcorn

CRASH helps Halton Haven Hospice with essential electric works to keep the hospice operational

Application Process

Here is an outline of our application process. We’re here to help you so don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

Check Criteria & Eligibility
  • 1. Speak to our Projects Manager to check your eligibility

    Please call us on 07951 446 531 and ask to speak to our Projects Manager who will discuss your project with you and determine whether your project is eligible.

  • 2. Complete the online application form

    If we confirm that your project is eligible, please complete the online application. Ensure all sections are filled in and photos or supporting evidence is attached.

  • 3. We review and evaluate the application

    We will be in touch if we need to clarify any elements of your application. If we proceed CRASH will visit your project, alongside a construction professional, to better understand your needs.

  • 4. We provide a pro-bono report

    Following the visit, a pro-bono report written by a construction professional will be provided, regardless of whether CRASH is able to further assist. The report will include details of the planned works, recommendations and next steps.

  • 5. Application decision

    CRASH will advise whether or not further support is available and if so, in what form (i.e. professional expertise, construction products, grant).

“The transformation of this house has been truly extraordinary and all stages of this development have been supported by CRASH: the architects designing, getting planning permission and working with Building Control throughout the build. The extraordinary provision of construction products from CRASH Corporate Patron companies, and a grant made this project happen. The house is now full and supporting residents in recovery from homelessness and addiction. From concept to completion, the CRASH input and support has been immense and incredibly reassuring. This is a CRASH house – it’s the only way of saying it.”

Mossie Lyons

Director at Kairos Community Trust

“Working with CRASH has been an invaluable experience. The health and safety audit was an extensive and invaluable piece of work for the hospice. The professional expertise and advice we received from CRASH’s highly experienced network of Corporate Patrons, was instrumental in saving the hospice thousands of pounds. CRASH also provided a significant grant which has enabled us to implement a number of essential upgrades across the hospice, guaranteeing the safety and wellbeing of our patients.”

Giles Witcomb

Head of Fundraising at St Peter & St James

Check Criteria & Eligibility

Please note that CRASH will give priority to applications that relate to providing residential and day services.

For Homelessness Charities

Criteria

  • Your organisation must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.
  • CRASH can only accept applications that relate to your buildings.
  • Your charity must have a legal interest in the building, unless your application relates to requesting professional advice regarding a building you wish to lease or buy.
  • Your charity needs to own the freehold for the building or hold the Lease. CRASH cannot consider applications for leases that have less than five years to run.
  • Your building is currently delivering or will be used to deliver services to single homeless men and women over the age of 18.
  • Your building will be providing services at least 4 days a week.
  • CRASH cannot consider applications where construction has already begun or will be beginning within the next two months.
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For Hospice Charities

Criteria

  • Your organisation must be a registered UK charity with the Charity Commission in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or a registered Scottish Charity.
  • CRASH can only accept applications that relate to the buildings from which you deliver your services.
  • Your charity must have a legal interest in the building, unless your application relates to requesting professional advice regarding a building you wish to lease or buy.
  • Your charity needs to own the freehold for the building or hold the Lease. CRASH cannot consider applications for leases that have ten years or less to run.
  • Your building will be used to deliver in-patient and or day services to people in need of end of life care (CRASH cannot consider applications for hospice charity shops).
  • CRASH cannot consider applications where construction has already begun or will be beginning within the next two months.
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