First Phase Complete at Spitalfields Crypt Trust

The first phase to link Spitalfields Crypt Trust’s (SCT) New Hanbury Project and Acorn House is now complete and has set the blueprint for the rest of the project which will see the remodelling of two existing entrances and the spaces within the building to create one ‘Recovery Hub’ for the clients they support.

Spitalfields Crypt Trust has been working in the field of homelessness related to alcohol and drug misuse since 1965. When the Trust merged with Hanbury Community Project they called upon CRASH to help create a training and education centre on the ground floor of the building and continue the work of the Project.

10 years have passed and, just as service needs have evolved, so have the demands of the environment in which they are provided.

spitalfields-3spitalfields-4Acorn House, a 16 bed rehabilitation hostel for homeless men with addictions, occupies the first, second and third floors of the building.

The New Hanbury Project still occupies the ground floor where staff deliver day programme of personal development, education and training for men and women – from Acorn House and other organisations – in the early stages of recovery from addiction.

CRASH Patron Ryder has been working with SCT to develop concept plans to join the ground and first floor to create one service, shared office space to enable one workforce, and re-organise the space on the first and second floors to enable SCT to work with a larger number of people.

CRASH awarded the project a cash grant of £40,000 and Patrons Arcadis, AECOM, Areen Design and VolkerFitzpatrick have all shared their expertise on a pro bono basis.

8build has now got phase one underway creating a doorway to physically join The New Hanbury Project and Acorn House and create an open plan office on the first floor.

spitalfields-5This will create a framework for Phase 2 which will see the remodelling and upgrading of the first floor to create a sense of home and comfort with communal areas and one to one counselling rooms for Acorn House residents.

The ground floor will have a new entrance via the courtyard (see left) and will provide a calm welcoming open plan area along with art, music and furniture workshops.

“We react positively to our environment,” said New Hanbury Project’s Therapeutic Manager Brett. “Therefore we want to give our clients the very best we can by creating an aspirational space where they can work through their addictions and rebuild their lives.”

It is hoped that Phase 2 will underway later this year.