Dorset Homelessness Dec 2013

Pilsdon Community’s ‘Loose Boxes’ Reaches First Phase of Completion

Pilsdon Community’s ‘Loose Boxes’ reached its first phase of completion on 16th December marking another high point in this remarkable project.

The need

The achievement was commemorated by the working farm’s cattle being escorted over the threshold of their new stables.  Some would say a novel way to observe the occasion however; this project is nothing if not extraordinary!

The solution

Last month saw Pilsdon’s Dilys Hunt secure roof tiles with a ceremonial hammer marking the Topping Out. This event also served as a celebration of the successful partnership between the whole team and a thank you to the workforce and projects team for their part in the construction process.

The next stage will involve:

  • Internal fit out of bedrooms for wayfarer accommodation
  • Kitchen installed
  • Multi-purpose room created

The entire project is set to reach completion in March 2014.

How patrons helped

EC Harris has undertaken a huge amount of pro bono work for Pilsdon as well as donating £15,000 towards the funding as part of the company’s Legacy Project.

Working alongside them is fellow CRASH patron BAM who is tapping into its supply chain to secure materials free of charge or at greatly reduced rates.

BAM and EC Harris have also brought in Arup and NVB Architects to assist on the project which involves converting an existing stable block into short-term accommodation for people who have been sleeping rough.

The social impact

Set in the heart of Dorset, CRASH has been assisting The Pilsdon Community Trust for a number of years. Homeless people come to the community from all walks of life, always at a time of crisis.

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