Phoenix Community Housing Association appoints Osborne

Phoenix Community Housing Association has appointed family-owned construction, property services and civil engineering firm Osborne to refurbish the site for its new office and community facility in Bromley Road, London.

The £4 million design and build contract will involve a construction of a new 23,000 sq foot building on the site of former Green Man pub in Catford. The ground floor of the building will be completely devoted to the local community with areas for local traders, a play area for children, a cafe, a training kitchen run by Lewisham Council offering vocational training, offices for the local credit union and meeting rooms available for hire to local businesses, with the second floor serving as offices for Phoenix Community Housing Association.

Osborne will be using modular building techniques to ensure speedy construction, improved sustainability and reduced air leakage, reduced wastage and reduced need for on-site storage components. The building will also feature Structured Insulated Panels (SIPs) supplied by Osborne’s subsidiary company Innovare Systems, which will improve energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.

Osborne will also build a new facility at the back of the site which will be used for christenings, weddings, social gatherings and other community events.

Kyle Bell, Business Unit Leader for Osborne’s Commercial team, said: “The design of this building will have numerous benefits for those who live in the local area and its location will put Phoenix Community Housing Association at the heart of the community it works with. Our approach to this project, in particular our use of modular construction techniques, will ensure its completion as quickly as possible without compromising the quality or sustainability of the new facility.”

Steve Connor, Head of Sustainability and Project Manager for the Green Man, Phoenix Community Housing, said: “We chose Osborne because they are an experienced and progressive builder and their ethos is very much in line with Phoenix’s in terms of understanding that our new site is not just about bricks and mortar. It’s about people and creating a community facility that everyone enjoys using and one which will truly benefit our residents, staff and local people too.”

Osborne has started work on site and is aiming to complete by spring 2013.