This groundbreaking project for QED Sustainable Urban Developments and the London Borough of Ealing provides emergency hostel accommodation, subject to a 10-year temporary planning consent. The re-purposed shipping containers offer a sustainable, robust, affordable and flexible solution particularly suited to this urban, difficult to access infill site.

Four pavilions – comprising two and three storeys, provide 34 units in total. There is also a site management office and laundry, with refuse storage. The whole site is built to secured-by-design principles and landscaped with open outside spaces and a children’s play area.

Meath Court, Hope Gardens project for QED Sustainable Urban Developments [Hyperlink] is the largest development of its kind in the UK. The Acton development comprises of 60 apartments created using offsite manufactured homes. The development includes communal space, onsite management office, laundry and refuse storage and will house young families and low-income individuals in need of immediate emergency accommodation.

Constructed in 24 weeks it is made up of a kit of moveable and reusable parts of UK produced shipping containers, providing an immediate solution to the short-term accommodation need.

Contracted works included:

  • - Principal contractor, responsible for overall site management and HSE compliance
  • - Above and below ground storm and foul drainage
  • - Foundations and steel structure installation
  • - Oversaw and controlled modular installation
  • - Mechanical and electrical installation and connection
  • - Hard and soft landscaping
  • - Access control

“Ealing Council has been proactive about the situation and have had to find another source of housing as there has been an increase in residents asking for assistance. Developments like Meath Court allow the council to move residents in need into a new form of temporary accommodation until longer term options become available.”
Julian Bell | Leader of Ealing Council