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.

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
  • - Cedar checkerboard cladding
  • - Hard and soft landscaping
  • - Access control

The concept of providing accommodation on sites we own – which are quick and affordable to build – is exciting. We’ve learned a lot from this first project and there were many sceptics, so it’s quite nice to counter any negativity with a solution which is local, fit for purpose and as near as cost neutral as we can get.
Jack Dempsey | Head of Allocations and Accommodation London Borough of Ealing