Wates lends a hand at homeless shelter for women | Wates

One of the UK’s largest homeless shelters for women has undergone a transformation thanks to the construction team currently renovating a number of buildings on Parliament’s Northern Estate.

The Marylebone Project in Westminster, London, which provides 112 long and short term beds, facilities and support to homeless women, received an internal revamp from Wates Construction in partnership with One Westminster.

The team of volunteers dedicated 96 hours of their time and provided £2,000 worth of materials in order to improve the visual backdrop within the Centre and help support the Marylebone Project’s aim to provide a welcoming and secure environment for vulnerable women.

Wates Construction is currently delivering a refurbishment programme to restore and protect listed heritage buildings in Westminster and ensure the buildings are safe, accessible and efficient for future generations. Projects include Norman Shaw North and South, 1 Parliament Street and 1 Derby Gate.

Phil Shortman, Managing Director of Wates Construction London, commented:

“We are unrelenting in our commitment to use our role in Parliament’s Northern Estates Programme to create a lasting legacy for local people and the invaluable organisations that support them. The Marylebone Project not only provides shelter for its users but also delivers education, employment and training in order to empower women towards independent living. It was a pleasure and privilege to help make their journey as reassuring as possible.”

Susan Way, Homeless Projects Manager, Church Army, commented:

“We are sincerely thankful to the team from Wates for taking the time out of their schedules to volunteer at the Marylebone Project. Without volunteers like Wates, we wouldn’t get half the amount of jobs done so we truly appreciate the time and effort they put in. Freshly painted walls help us to keep the Project clean and welcoming for our residents and supports their journey towards living an independent life.”

The Marylebone Project is a Registered Social Landlord set up through a partnership between Church Army and the Portman House Trust.

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