As we enter month 8 of this £16.5m major refurbishment and renovation of Nazareth House, we wanted to provide you with a brief update on progress to date.

Nazareth House, Hammersmith was the first of the Nazareth Houses, a now worldwide network of care homes, established in October 1857 by the Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth. This project will see BJF Group completely transform all of the living areas and communal spaces both internally and externally.

We are currently progressing well on phases 1 and 2 of this 7-phase project with phase 1 consisting of the previous reception building and phase 2 covering the southeast corner of the building.

As it stands, our teams have completely stripped out the reception area back to shell and are now progressing well with 1st fix activities. This phase is expected to be complete within the next few months.

Phase 2 has been entirely stripped out internally and we are now readying the side of the site for a significant amount of external works including roofing works, masonry restoration and the replacement of all of the windows.

This phase has incorporated the erection of around 1000m2 of scaffolding which provides access for external works and acts as a temporary emergency escape route.

Further to this, we have fully demolished the previous external fire escape which will be rebuilt in line with current building regulations and will be more aesthetically in keeping with the existing building.

Within the next few weeks we will be moving on to piling the foundations and making preparations for the steelwork for the new fire escape.

Kevin Barnes, Congregational CEO of the Sisters of Nazareth said:

”It is great to see the project commence. The scale of the works is now apparent as the scaffolding is erected and the internal spaces opened up. We are all looking forward with anticipation to seeing the first completed areas.”