Contract Name: Lea Bridge House
Contract Value: £7 million
Contract Period: 104 weeks
Architect: Studio E
Client: Paradigm Housing Group

Rydon successfully delivered a contract to redevelop a 154 capacity, 10-storey hostel providing accommodation for homeless people based in East London.

Lea Bridge House is run by the Paradigm Housing Group. It is occupied to fully support tenants and signpost them to support agencies for employment and training assistance to encourage them to find employment.

Rydon brought relevant experience in the creation of supported housing schemes, including a £4.7m redesign and refurbishment of the YMCA West London.

The project commenced with the demolition of two existing single-storey annex buildings, which were replaced with new 3-4 storey accommodation blocks, named as the East and West blocks. Works to the existing 10-storey block were undertaken to provide new facilities including relocation of the existing reception and offices and the replacement of windows and core apparatus throughout the building. A re-profiled area was landscaped for Lea Bridge House, rejuvenating the surrounding scenery.

Rydon expanded Lea Bridge House to accommodate 223-bed spaces, an 81 bed space increase, consisting of 56-bedspaces in the West Block, 31-bedspaces in the East Block and a reduction from 142 to 136-bedspaces in the existing tower. Lea Bridge achieved a BREEAM Very Good rating in accordance with  the planning permission.

The works were carried out with the existing residents in occupation and in close proximity of live works. To ensure safety, residents were temporarily decanted within the newly constructed accommodation, with Rydon's liaison team on site to provide re-assurance and updates throughout the whole build.