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Reed Watts

Reed Watts Architects, London

Rough Sleeper Centre

Located behind Holy Sepulchre church along a hidden garden path, the Snow Hill Court Rough Sleeper Centre will be sanctuary for the City of London’s homeless.

Working with the City, the Centre continues our work with the Commonweal Pods, looking at how existing buildings can be converted into short-term accommodation for rough sleepers. Originally built as a Church school in 1880, the building has since taken on various functions including as a ‘British Restaurant’ during the Second World War.

The project is a low-carbon retrofit that provides much-needed repairs to the listed structure; reinvigorating its legacy while providing support to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Each sleeping cubicle provides residents with an airy, safe, and secure space and is complemented by meeting rooms for one-on-one support from key workers. A communal lounge and kitchen, in the double-height space that was once a school room, forms the focal point for the building.

Externally, the existing over-grown garden is to be replanted, creating a soft and shaded landscape for residents and the public alike.

Photos: Fred Howarth