News Apr 2024

From Hertfordshire to Yorkshire – take a look at CRASH’s recent project visits

From a homelessness charity in Hertfordshire to a hospice based in Yorkshire – CRASH has summed up four recent project visits, so you can see the types of charity construction projects your industry charity is currently working on.

First, it’s important to note that homelessness and hospice organisations can apply to CRASH for help with their building projects all year-round. As part of each application, CRASH will visit the charity to better understand their objectives, the proposed building project, and that it meets CRASH’s criteria (view CRASH’s project criteria).

Thanks to this due diligence, Corporate Patron companies and supporters of CRASH can be confident that their donations of professional expertise, construction product and fundraising will leave a lasting impact in our communities for years to come. Let’s look at four recent visits…

Emmaus Hertfordshire

A homelessness charity with a difference, Emmaus Hertfordshire offers more than just a bed for the night, they provide a home for as long as it’s needed, meaningful work in one of their social enterprises, and a sense of belonging in their community.

The charity is considering plans to develop a site in St Albans, that will support the charity’s thriving social enterprises.

CRASH’s Vipesh Mistry and Eloise Murphy were joined onsite by Nathan Modell, Partner at Corporate Patron Beale & Co and Will Woodward, Projects Advisor at Corporate Patron Arcadis.

The group gave their professional insights into the proposed project and caught up over a cup of tea before checking out the charities new roof that was completed in July last year thanks to CRASH and its Corporate Patrons (read about this project).

All people All Places – Enfield

CRASH recently visited All People All Places, a homelessness charity based in Pymmes Park Visitor Centre, Enfield, London.

The day centre operates 3-days a week in a shared building, and offers a warm, welcoming and friendly space for those seeking support with housing related issues or experiencing homelessness in the area.

They offer a breakfast to those who are rough sleeping or in need, as well as hot drinks and refreshments. There is also the chance to grab a hot lunch on Wednesdays.

CRASH’s Vipesh Mistry was joined by Project Advisors Laura Collins and Shrungi Bhatt from Arcadis on this visit. The team discussed the charity’s options for a new purpose-built space near to the existing community. This would allow the charity to increase their services and opening hours, and ultimately reach more people who need their help.

Ashgate Hospice – North Derbyshire

CRASH caught up with Ashgate Hospice in North Derbyshire to look at transforming their day centre into a more welcoming space.

The day centre’s open-plan layout lacks privacy and hasn’t been refurbished in 20 years. CRASH’s Francesca Roberts and Vipesh Mistry were joined on this project by Anna Fischer-Vousden, Project Advisor at Corporate Patron Arcadis and John O’Grady, Chairman at CRASH.

CRASH has previously supported Ashgate Hospice with two building projects. In 2019, CRASH transformed their crowded in-patient bays into nine individual peaceful and private bedrooms. Last year, 293 people were cared for in the in-patient unit.

Most recently, in 2022 CRASH helped Ashgate Hospice to create an accessible entrance area.

Prince of Wales Hospice – Yorkshire

CRASH visited The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, Yorkshire following their application for help with three building projects…

  1. Space utilisation and re-design including a Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) survey
  2. Car park upgrade and extension, thanks to space that will become available in the re-design
  3. Garden project – to replicate one already developed garden area across the outdoor space

Simon Hainsworth, Projects Advisor at Arcadis joined CRASH’s Francesca Roberts and Vipesh Mistry on this visit, donating his professional expertise.

The Prince of Wales Hospice has been providing care to people with a life-limiting illness since 1989 and these projects will enhance their space for patients, staff and visitors.

King Charles III, as the former Prince of Wales is committed to supporting the hospice, becoming Patron in 1987 and later President in 2000.

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