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Cityzen - Temporary Housing (Homeless Hostel)


An interim response to Ealing Council's homeless pressures.
Developer QED Sustainable Urban Developments was appointed by Ealing Council to use sites earmarked for future development to erect temporary housing for 7 years for their local homeless residents.
First approached in February 2017 with a planning approval for the site, the brief for Cityzen was to produce compliant, coordinated construction designs for studio, 1-bed and 2-bed apartments from converted shipping containers.
Being a 7 year lease the property was not "temporary" under building regulations and so had to perform to all commercial regulations.
Cityzen delivered the first architectural layouts for the apartments that month, and the contract designs for architecture and building services engineering (M&E) were issued for construction in June.
The site was completed and residents moved in in time for Christmas.

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Two of 5 blocks of apartments

Two of 5 blocks of apartments 

Many people produce temporary shipping container developments, temporary being <30 days and so not subject to the rigour of UK building regulations.
The developer approached Cityzen Feb 2017 with planning approval in place for a site of 144 converted shipping containers to deliver . Cityzen delivered a building regulations compliant design for individual units within a few months, and delivered a full architecture and building services engineering (M&E) package for construction in 4 months. Responding to enquiries from the 2 shipping container conversion companies appointed, the project was delivered in 10 months from initial unit concept to over 200 homeless Ealing residents moving in.
Cityzen not only provided the unit design, but also the on-site architecture and building services engineering (M&E) including utilities new connections.