Following an open call for submissions, Reed Watts have won an ideas competition organised by Commonweal Housing. The competition sought proposals to help improve the living conditions of Romanian migrant workers who would otherwise be living in tent encampments around London’s periphery. The competition follows detailed research by Thames Reach which can be viewed here.
We have proposed a series of low-tech pods which have been specifically designed to provide a short term accommodation solution for people living in rough sleeping encampments in outer north and east London, as identified in the Thames Reach research. Support workers would be on hand to provide advice to the residents, helping them to find permanent accommodation and secure employment. The proposals will help to create a platform for them to achieve a lawful status, whilst returning the encampment sites back to the local communities.
The shelters would make use of surplus construction materials which would normally be sent to landfill and allow organisations to provide personal, adaptable bedrooms with minimal financial outlay. They could be erected for short periods in different locations – for instance a local community hall, vacant office or industrial building – as needed.
With the exception of a new mattress, fixings and fabric for curtains, each shelter would be built entirely from reclaimed materials which will have been selected to provide a safe and clean environment for residents. The curtain provides privacy, while a lockable box under each bed would provide a secure store for residents’ possessions.
- Project Type: Competition
- Rank: First Place
- Organiser: Commonweal Housing