Former hospital converted into temporary accommodation for local homeless people

Following a major revamp by United Living Group, Grays Court hospital in Dagenham, has been turned into emergency accommodation for local homeless people.

Developed on behalf of Barking and Dagenham Council’s regeneration company, Be First. The £3.9 million restoration of Grays Court, has breathed new life into the old hospital building, and now provides 58 temporary accommodation rooms, a new community space and a GP out of hours service.

The new community space will be used for a range of activities, including: a local food club and cooking school, family learning opportunities, education and training facilities, as well as careers fairs & job clubs. As well as creating a welcoming place for local homeless people to stay, new office space has also been provided for, to support those staff assisting people living in temporary accommodation.

Paul Fleming, Project Manager, United Living Group, said: “Our company ethos is that we have a purpose beyond profit and this has been such a rewarding project to be involved in. We feel extremely proud to have been able to deliver this much needed, quality emergency accommodation for individuals and families in these troubled times. Knowing how hard the pandemic has hit many families, this building can be a lifeline for so many.”

Iain Ferguson, Commercial Director at Be First, said: “Be First is not just about bricks and mortar, we’re about hearts and minds too. The new Grays Court will be a real community asset which will benefit local people looking for a permanent home and those who want to grab new opportunities and learn new skills.”

Councillor Sade Bright, Cabinet member for Employment, Skills and Aspiration at Barking & Dagenham Council said: “The pandemic has underlined just how important a stable home is and, at the same time, just how easy it is to lose your home, through no fault of your own.”

“So, I’m pleased that the newly renovated Grays Court will provide top quality emergency accommodation for people that find themselves in homeless and in need of somewhere secure to stay while they get themselves back on their feet.  It is a real asset for the whole community.”