Following on from our 2012-13 project at Brighton’s Richardson’s Yard, Cityzen were fortunate to work with developer QED Sustainable Urban Developments Ltd once again to deliver a temporary container housing solution for homeless residents this time within Ealing Council London.
Ealing has 2,293 homeless households, emergency accommodation has declined in terms of suitable options in the borough and so Marston Court enables 34 households to remain within the local community.
Whereas Richardson’s Yard was shipping containers already converted, the residential modules for Marston Court were designed from scratch, the design team Isospaces and Cityzen worked on producing a studio, 1-bed and 2-bed modules that met the requirements of thermal, fire and acoustic performance. Cityzen provided the construction detailing and Isospaces converted and fit out the container housing.
We also took care of the building services engineering, arranged the utilities to site. Structural engineers Design ID designed the drainage, the foundations, walkways and stairs. JCJ Construction pulled it all together on site.
Walking round on the open day we overheard people being shown where they will be moving to, and heard people commenting about how much better the container housing option was compared to some of the current options. Marston Court may not be a permanent solution, or the height of architectural design, but container housing answers a homelessness need and we are pleased to respond. Read more about the project here: http://www.qedproperty.com/qed-projects/bordars-walk-ealing