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Ex-Rogers team wins go-ahead for £6.5m veterans hostel

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Emerging practice Wimshurst Pelleriti has won permission to revamp and extend a hostel for homeless and distressed veterans in East London

The Fulham-based practice, headed up by former Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) duo Will Wimshurst and Leonardo A Pelleriti, plans to add an extra 580m² to the existing Veterans Aid’s facility in Limehouse as part of the £6.5million refurbishment project.

The scheme, which is the firm’s ‘biggest and most challenging refurbishment’ to date, will create an extra 12 bedrooms as well as training, therapy and meeting spaces.

Approved by Tower Hamlet Council last month, the project will see the existing building over-clad with a terracotta cladding system designed to allow for the building to be occupied while work is carried out to revamp the services, windows and thermal performance. is carried out. 

William Wimshurst, design director of Wimshurst Pelleriti who was responsible for the Stirling Prize winning Maggie’s Centre in London while at RSHP, said: ‘Due to the unique service that the building provides, it has to remain fully operational with minimal loss of existing bedrooms and facilities whilst the refurbishment takes place.

‘This has proven challenging with regard to both the design and the phasing of the construction and has been the key driver of the brief since the initial concept.’

He added: ‘We truly believe that the building we are creating will greatly enhance the wellbeing of its residents; they need to feel warm and secure and above all be uplifted by the environment around them.’


Project data

Architects: Wimshurst Pelleriti
Location: Limehouse, Tower Hamlets, London
Type of Project: Charitable Hostel/Shelter for Veterans
Structural Engineers: Solution Consulting Engineers
Project Architect: Will Wimshurst
Design Team: Sam Clarke, Phil Hurrell, Leo Pelleriti
Client: Veteran’s Aid
Funding: Libor funding, charitable donations and campaigns
Tender date: Autumn 2015
Start on site date: Spring 2016
Contract duration: 18 months+ with phased strategy to keep hostel running throughout the refurbishment
Gross internal floor area: 1,745m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: 2 Stage Design & Build
Total cost: £6.5million
M&E consultant: BSD
Quantity surveyor: Faithful and Gould
Planning supervisor: Tibbalds
Main contractor: Buxton Building Contractors


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