Spring Gardens Hostel

Hither Green, Lewisham

Spring Gardens homeless shelter was built by the London based charity St Mungo’s to help people rebuild their lives and move on from the hostel to their own homes.

Spring Gardens was built to replace Ennersdale House, a Ministry of defence housing block which was taken over by St Mungo’s in 2005. The original hostel was blighted by dark winding corridors and poor facilities, creating a threatening and isolating environment.

The design of the new hostel challenges assumptions about what a homeless shelter should look like, and questions the exclusion of homeless people from the benefits of good design.

The purpose of Spring Gardens is not only to provide for short term needs, such as food and shelter, but also to raise aspirations and self esteem through the provision of quality social and private spaces, training opportunities and access to health care.

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