In May 2023, Beverley Consolidated Charity pledged to modernise its identity and properties by renaming as Beverley Housing Charity. Their aim is to clarify the criteria for becoming a resident to ensure that local people in housing need receive the support they deserve.
Almshouses are a charitable form of self-sufficient, low-cost community housing held in trust for local people in housing need.
Beverley Housing Charity (BHC) provides accommodation for older residents of Beverley, Molescroft, Woodmansey and Tickton who are retirement age, have lived in Beverley for ten years or more during their lifetime and are “in need” whether it be financial, social or medical.
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The charity owns 162 properties in the Beverley varying in age from 10 years, to the Charles Warton old hospital building which dates back to 1689 on Minster Moorgate.
Residents usually occupy the properties in later life, often for 20 years or more and as they leave and the properties become void, they are generally ready to be upgraded.
Just before the COVID-19 lockdown, the Delaney Marling Partnership Limited (DMP) team was introduced to the Chief Executive of BHC, as they required surveys for the properties that had become void, with a view to potential upgrades.
“We have an excellent working relationship with DMP. It feels like Kevin is part of our team, taking time to get to know and understand our residents as well as the properties. We can push forward with positive changes to the charity and its assets, emergency repairs and redevelopments, confident in the knowledge that we have their expert advice alongside us.”
DMP completed the first property survey free of charge, which helped the small team at BHC to digest the report and see the extent of what we could do. It also helped them understand what information would be required from the survey and the format they needed for the report.
The Board liked the report and signed up on a preferential fixed rate for DMP to survey a list of 10 void properties and prepare specifications and tenders for refurbishing all void properties.
The contract was then extended to project manage the refurbishment of two initial properties on Cartwright Lane and Lairgate and the four properties at Maison de Dieu on Morton Lane.
DMP has also attended several other BCC properties, advising on specific issues and defects that the residents have been experiencing. Our team of Chartered Building Surveyors also provide solutions to these issues to give peace of mind to the residents and ensure the properties are in a good state of repair.
As building surveyors and project managers, DMP oversees the tendering stage, schedule of works and all other parties, such as contractors and consultants, during the process.