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Commonweal Pods

Following successful testing of our prototype pods in Hillingdon, we have installed a further 10 of our demountable sleeping pods at the 999 Club in Deptford.  The design is the second iteration of our proposal that won Commonweal Housing’s Starter for 10 Competition in 2017.

The pods, each measuring approximately 2x2m each, are fabricated from 8 standard plywood sheets using CNC milling technology and are designed to be erected without screws, nails or glue using specially developed interlocking connections.  They can be built singly or in a row, with side panels shared with the adjacent pod to reduce the amount of timber required.

At the 999 Club, the pods have been installed in a large open hall where mattresses would normally be laid on the floor around the edge of the space. The pods help to provide privacy and a sense of security for the people using them.  Communal sleeping does not suit everyone and it’s been recognised that having access to private space can help some long-term rough sleepers to make a first step into more standard accommodation.

The 999 Club design includes an integrated platform to raise the mattresses off the ground and to provide space for storage underneath. Feedback from the installation and from people using the shelter will be used to refine the design further.

It is hoped that the design can be adopted by other community groups to provide temporary accommodation in a number of scenarios including night shelters like this, as well as emergency housing. Our design, including cutting and assembly instructions will be made freely available for charities to use under a Creative Commons License.

Please contact us if you’d like to receive further information about the design or would like to install them.

We’re very grateful to Deptford-based company Aldworth, James & Bond who fabricated and installed the pods for free.


Photographs: Cameron Maynard for Aldworth James & Bond
Film: Simon Wye for Aldworth James & Bond


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