During both the construction phase and at project completion, a sense of community was at the heart of the Jewish Care project in Golders Green, London. After demolition of an existing community centre and offices, we replaced these buildings with a modern facility which blends communal offices with sheltered accommodation for the elderly. Golders Green was a pioneering project for this sector, believed to be the first of its type in this country.
We were contracted for the demolition, itself a challenging task as the site was part of a built-up residential/commercial area. The new building was designed as a facility that blended community elements with care facilities for the elderly. Spread over 15,077m², it includes a 54-bed nursing and dementia care home, as well as 45 assisted living housing apartments. These were designed to include kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas to promote supported independence. The site was developed as a “campus” and featured small retail units, including a hairdressing facility, day centre, and Jewish Care charity offices.
The demolition and construction phase were carefully planned to consider the challenges of the site. Bounded on three sides with byroads and residential properties, the project required ongoing engagement with residents. The strong Jewish culture of the area necessitated respect of religious holidays and festivals. A project specific helpline was established and shared with residents and stakeholders, this allowed swift reporting and resolution of problems.
The site team were highly credited by both residents and representatives of the Considerate Constructors Scheme. The site consistently scored ‘beyond compliance’ across all requirements.