Volunteers from BAM Construct UK and BAM FM have refreshed the Haven support centre for the homeless in Watford. Last decorated in 2016, the centre, which aims to create psychologically informed environments, wanted to banish magnolia from its walls and replace it with a warm and welcoming colour palette.

The timing for the project could not have been better. Since the first lockdown the centre had provided a food and distribution hub, but The Haven team wished to return to providing aid such as food, showers, laundry etc. and continue their work with people threatened with homelessness. 


A team of BAM volunteers undertook the work led by our newly appointed Site Engineer Apprentice Clara Ryan. To provide additional support, BAM approached painting and decorating sub-contractor Hazelmere who we had worked with at King’s Cross. They provided a professional decorator for the week and contributed towards materials. 

Under Haslemere’s supervision the BAM team repaired walls and ceilings and rubbed down paintwork before painting the main area and the corridor to the bathrooms, kitchen, and reception. 

Matthew Heasman, CEO at New Hope said, “The redecoration will ensure that the Haven continues to remain fit for purpose; a source of bespoke practical, administrative help and emotional support for many at risk individuals in Watford throughout the uncertainties of the pandemic and beyond”.

“It felt rewarding to give something back to the community and satisfying to see the progress we made”. Joshua Howe, Apprentice Quantity Surveyor, Sky Studios, Elstree

“The Haven is the first step for many facing homelessness and the support they give to their clients to get them into accommodation is outstanding. I am grateful to our volunteers and for the support of sub-contractor Haslemere that made this possible” June Wilkinson, Education & Community Co-ordinator, South-East Region.

Click here to find out more about the Haven and New Hope.