Crossway Point, Reading
With a successful working relationship established on previous projects, Catalyst Housing Group appointed us in February 2020 to deliver fire safety remedial works to occupied Crossway Point. Using a Minor Works Contract we quickly reduced the risks to residents by erecting access scaffolds and removing the existing unsafe cladding. At the same time we worked closely with Hester Architects to develop a detailed design for the replacement cladding system which incorporated brickwork facades. We maintain a strong working relationship with the Fire Protection Association and arranged for full scale BS 8414 burn test of our proposed design at their test site at the Fire Service College in Moreton in Marsh. The final scope of works to achieve full compliance also included replacing windows and timber decking on balconies.
As with all of our projects, communication with residents and the local community was key. We employed a resident of the block as an experienced Resident Liaison Officer through a local recruitment agency. Supported by our Senior Resident Liaison Officer, she led consultation and engagement to minimise disruption. Her existing relationships within Crossway Point were greatly beneficial.
We are committed to leaving a positive legacy long after we have completed works. As part of this we aim to work with groups who are deemed as NEET or unemployed. We provide employment placements specifically available to ex-offenders in partnership with Bounce Back, who divert people from reoffending through engagement and employment. As part of this project we established a relationship with a volunteer from a nearby Church who approached us to see if we could provide an opportunity for a local resident who was recently released from prison. We were able to place him in employment as a labourer, helping him develop his skills, learn a trade and hopefully secure sustainable employment for his future.