“JUST PROVIDING A ROOF OVER A HOMELESS PERSON’S HEAD DOES NOT EQUAL ‘JOB DONE’. IF WE ARE TO END ROUGH SLEEPING FOR GOOD, WE HAVE TO GIVE PEOPLE MORE THAN A BED FOR THE NIGHT, WE NEED TO HELP THEM TO GET BACK INTO EMPLOYMENT AND INDEPENDENCE AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS SCHEME.”
IAIN WRIGHT, HOMELESSNESS MINISTER, FEBRUARY 2009
Endell Street is a beautiful Grade 2 listed gothic school restored and re planned to create a state of the art homeless facility including accommodation and training facilities. It is located in the Seven Dials Conservation Area in Camden, moments away from Covent Garden.
Original neo-gothic decoration was uncovered and restored and is complemented by the insertion of some unashamedly contemporary additions, including the introduction of a single storey counselling building at the rear. The new building was constructed with stock bricks reclaimed from the main building. Entrance and reception areas were opened up so that they are bright, light, open, airy and welcoming. Plasterboard and suspended ceilings were removed to reveal beautiful gothic brickwork. Existing timber floors were restored. Rear additions which, over many years, had been added in the old school playground were removed to create a beautiful sun trap garden.