Consortium Self Build, Peckham, London
Nine single person units built by young homeless people for themselves

Consortium Self build was set up after research funded by Charity Projects.

It was conceived to confront several of the problems facing young homeless people in the London Borough of Southwark. There was a lack of single person accommodation in the area which made it difficult for young people in hostels to move onwards. Many of these young people in housing need were also found to have employment problems due to lack of skills.

The project was for 9 single person homes on a small plot adjacent to a disused canal in Peckham - to be self built by local young people in housing need. The build was linked to a local training centre where the self builders were trained up to NVQ level 2 Carpentry and Joinery.

Consortium, a local umbrella group of housing charities, employed a worker to research the project and get it off the ground. This worker stayed on for the build process and acted as a support worker to the self builders. The site was managed by a full time site/project manager who had built on a previous self build scheme and who had youth work experience.

On completion of the scheme the builders became tenants of South London Family Housing Association, who had acted as development agents for the project

A very thorough and honest review report on the project is available from CSBA

Unit 26 Finsbury Business Centre
40 Bowling Green Lane

0207 415 7092

CSBA have a range of other reports on Self Build Schemes for young People. It is also worth contacting The Young Builders Trust

Construction: Timberland SB group
Developer: Consortium (with SLFHA as agent)
Architect: Architype

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