Veterans Turn to Construction Thanks to the Nelson Project

The Nelson Project for ex-military personnel.

The Plymouth-based architecture firm Form Design Group has won a number of awards for its contemporary design of a self-build project which helped military veterans into work and new homes.

The Nelson Project in Plymouth, a self-build residential scheme for ex-service personnel in a regeneration zone of the city, involved ex-military workers helping with the construction of the 24-home site, which includes 12 homes for forces veterans and 12 mixed use affordable homes, including supported housing.

The Nelson Project won the Alternative Property Investment category from Michelmores Property as well as a Royal Town Planning Institute award for planning excellence in May, and the Abercrombie Award for design excellence and innovation earlier this year.

Graham Lobb, founder of the Form Design Group, said: “We’re on a roll, and it’s fantastic. These awards recognise and celebrate the creative talents of our practice and the benefits good design can bring to ordinary people’s lives.”

During the course of the project, the veterans completed training which gave them the skills to work on the project, and equipped them to seek jobs in civilian life. Thanks to this training, many achieved accreditation from CSCS, the skills certification scheme.




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