Homelessness St Albans Jul 2014

Project in Progress: Emmaus St Albans

Ryder Architecture is currently working with Emmaus St Albans, a charity providing up to 33 former homeless people with a safe home environment and work.

The need

Like in the other Emmaus communities, Companions, as residents are known, work full time collecting renovating and reselling donated furniture. This work supports the community financially and enables residents to develop skills, rebuild their self-respect and help others in greater need.

Ryder’s Ruth Baker and Jo Ashbridge have engaged the St Alban’s Companions to help redesign the existing retail space and workshop areas to make them more efficient.

The solution

Fellow CRASH patron AECOM is working alongside Ryder on this sizeable project. When the project is finished, the space will have been doubled in size and have a better flow therefore making the ‘retail’ experience more enjoyable and profitable.


The social impact

“CRASH’s work in the community supporting homeless people is vital and we are delighted to play our part in supporting their wide portfolio of work.”

Tim Jeffrey

Ryer’s partner in London

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