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One YMCA Watford

REMODELLING OF ONE FLOOR WITHIN THE EXISTING YMCA BUILDING AND PROVIDING ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION FOR THE YMCA.

Project Stats

Duration
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Value
£2.7 m
Size
41,500 sq ft
Sector
Leisure

Project Story

Willmott Dixon Interiors was appointed to refurbish one floor of the YMCA building in Watford.

The works involved a strip out of Level 2 & 3, including removing asbestos, building services, M&E installation and remodelling of Level 3. Internal reconfiguration and complete refurbishment of part of an existing hostel building. This provides One YMCA with 11 studio apartments for rough sleepers and vulnerable people, as well as 2 new staff offices and new residents lounge to support individuals towards independence.

The YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in body, mind and spirit, supporting the community to ensure young people can belong, contribute and thrive. This refurbishment will help to improve the environment in which they operate these services, and provide additional accommodation.
Key Challenges
  • Modern facilities and improved areas to house rough sleepers and vulnerable people
  • Contributes to One YMCA’s mission for every young person to have a safe space to stay, by providing new accommodation
  • Social Return on Investment of more than £125,000 through community-based initiatives

Project Team

Jo Weston × Operations Director
Paul Gorry × Sector Lead
Consultant team
Architect: Saunders Architects
Project Manager: EEDN Ltd
Cost Consultant: CS2
Services Engineer: Meinhardt Group
Testimonials
“What a project, what a construction partner and what an amazing outcome for some of the most vulnerable individuals in our community. All thanks to the amazing efforts, support and commitment of Wilmott Dixon Interiors, the professional project team and all our local authority and third sector partners. Now we can do even more to change (and save) lives for those who need us most – Thank you”
Mark Turner
Chief Operating Officer, One YMCA

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