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Hickory Youth Projects Upgrade

8 March 2016

Hickory are proud to announce that alongside many of our subcontractors, suppliers and consultants we are donating our services to create an upgraded facility for homeless charity Youth Projects in Hosier Lane. 

“At Hickory we believe the good things we build end up building us.

We’re a large-scale construction company who are proud to build thousands of new apartments each year.

But whilst we go to work in the city each day building new places for people to live, we can’t ignore the fact that for many in the community having a place to call home is out of reach.” Michael Argyrou, Hickory Managing Director  

Hickory are proud to announce that alongside many of our subcontractors, suppliers and consultants we are donating our construction services to create an upgraded facility for homeless charity Youth Projects. Located in Melbourne’s iconic, graffiti-covered Hosier Lane, Youth Projects provide essential services for Melbourne homeless and disadvantaged.

Youth Projects’ Chair Melanie Raymond said the redevelopment would transform their “Living Room” area and make a tangible difference to the lives of Melbourne’s homeless.

“This redevelopment will help us to more effectively provide the services and facilities Melbourne’s homeless need most, from the simple things like a shower or laundry facilities, to the complex such as access to physical and mental health care and drug rehabilitation facilities,” she said.

Melanie said the Living Room, which has been operating for 15 years, has become run-down and lacks the space to accommodate the vast amount of people who need help.

“We have had to facilitate over 8,300 episodes of care for Melbourne’s homeless in the past 12 months, and have struggled to provide this care with limited resources and run-down facilities.”

The redevelopment has taken into consideration the services that the homeless have said will make the most difference to them including a functioning kitchen to learn to prepare healthy food, new bathroom and laundry facilities, access to computers, lockers to store their belongings and areas for artistic expression, relaxing and talking.

The Hickory team managing this project consists of our young building graduates, who are stepping up to take leading roles on the Hosier Lane upgrade.  

You can follow the progress of the refurbishment on the Hickory or Youth Projects social media channels and by looking out for the hash tag #YouthProjectsFreshStart

Youth Projects Upgrade Co-Contributors:

The Good Guys (All appliances)

Elenberg Fraser (Architectural services)

Access Hardware (Door hardware)

ASI Electrics (Power and security)

Auscool (Rangehoods and exhausts)

Australian Commercial Doors (Doors and doorframes)

Cloud9 Aerial Photography (Time-lapse video of construction)

DATS (Site bins)

DSA (Strip out of old items)

EnviroProtect Pty Ltd (Asbestos audit)

Expert Security (Security systems)

Harvey Norman Commercial (Sanitary items)

Liquid Vision (Plumbing)

Move-In (Furniture)

Portelli Painting and Maintenance (Painting services)

SM Interiors Vic (Plastering)

Taubmans (Paint)

Wetspot (Tiles, bench tops and splashbacks)