Based on our winning submission for Commonweal Housing’s Starter for 10 Competition, we have constructed two prototype bedroom pods to test their viability and appropriateness as temporary, overnight accommodation for rough sleepers. During February and March 2018 the pods were tested at a winter Night Shelter in Hillingdon run by Housing Justice.
Communal sleeping does not suit everyone and it’s been recognised that private space may help some long-term rough sleepers to make a first step into more standard accommodation. By creating privacy and dedicated space to store possessions, the pods give guests at the shelter more autonomy and better prospects in making a successful transition off the streets.
Each pod measures approximately 2x2m and has been fabricated from 8 standard plywood sheets using CNC milling technology. They are designed to interlock with two of the side panels being shared with the adjacent pod. A curtain across the entrance provides privacy, while a lockable box under each bed provides a secure store for residents’ possessions.
It is hoped that the design can be adopted by community groups to provide temporary accommodation in a number of scenarios including winter shelters like this, and emergency housing. Our design, including cutting and assembly instructions will be made freely available for charities to use under a Creative Commons License.
The two prototype pods are currently being tested by the 999 Club in Deptford for whom we are developing a revised design to include a raised deck to support a mattress.