RBLI Veteran Accommodation, Aylesford
Royal British Legion Industries
Brand new specialised veteran accommodation has been built in Aylesford for the Royal British Legion Industries. The scheme provides housing for war veterans who require special facilities and temporary accommodation for younger single veterans who have become homeless or are facing homelessness.
There are two housing blocks with 24 homes between them. The two blocks named Invictus Games House and Victory House, have had war veterans moved in and using the special facilities. The accommodation is oversized to provide additional space in consideration of the elderly and/or disabled war veterans. This was designed to Lord Mayor’s standards.
The £3.5million scheme was situated next to another live site for the majority of the works which resulted in access to site being challenging. To overcome this issue the access was maintained and shared with the neighbouring site. Another challenge this project faced was budgetary restraints. When we started on site we found difficult ground conditions that were not accounted for which led to budgetary restraints. We assessed various options on revised substructure schemes to ascertain the most cost efficient alternative to mitigate any potential overspend.
The RBLI Aylesford housing was awarded £1.95million from the Armed Forces Covenant LIBOR fund and additional funding from Morrison’s that went towards enhancing some of the units with special requirements in consideration of its likely occupants.
Betteridge & Milsom worked closely alongside Jenner Contractors and Clague Architects.