YMCA Ealing

London

calfordseaden was appointed to provide a number of services on the modernisation and extension of a supported housing shelter for homeless young people in West London.

The newly refurbished shelter provides accommodation for 151 young people with each room benefiting from an ensuite. The accommodation is divided into cluster flats of five rooms with a communal kitchen. Self-contained studio apartments were also created to provide both kitchen and bathroom facilities. To accommodate the new designs, room dimensions were reduced, however with the new five storey tower extension the overall number of units were increased.

The existing nursery on site was also refurbished to improve the efficiency of the layout, security and access, with the addition of an external play area. The alteration enabled the nursery to increase their number of places to 47 compared to their previous intake of just 26.

In addition the cafe was modernised with the installation of a glazed openable elevation facing the street. The entrance was remodelled to provide a spacious and open feel with the offices and reception area being reorganised to make them less institutional and more efficient. This was done by lowering the counter, removing the existing screens, reconfiguring the desk layout, ensuring that the reception desk faced the entrance and relocating office spaces.

The overall brief of the project was to achieve a refreshed image of not only the building but also the YMCA organisation itself, in order to make it more open and inviting to the residents and public.