Architecture For Humanity UK Completes First New Build Project in London

AFH UK FareShare centre photo

Images by Nathan Willcock via: AFH UK

A few weeks ago, just in time for Architecture For Humanity's 10th birthday celebrations and before Cameron Sinclair brought his verbal whirlwind to London, AFH's UK chapter rather quietly completed their first major new build project, an accomplishment which we certainly think is worth celebrating in its own right. We announced the FareShare project almost exactly a year ago and now the training centre is in full use by this UK charity, which supports communities to relieve food poverty and reduce food waste. Click through to see inside...

Interior FareShare centre photo

Eat Well Live Well
AFH UK describe the completed structure built within FareShare's large London warehouse as a "Four-room training centre that will provide a centre for learning and skill development for FareShare clients who face social or personal barriers to education and employability. In additional to promoting a 'no food waste' message, one of FareShare's key objectives is to provide training and education around the essential life skills of safe food preparation and nutrition, and warehouse employability training through the charity's Eat Well Live Well programme."

AFH UK's Pro Bono Support
FareShare National Development Manager Mike McNally is delighted with the new facilities saying, "AFH UK have designed a light airy building of sensible proportions — given the constraints of the floor plan we have — which meets all the needs of the brief. It utterly true to say that we would not have achieved such a facility without the considerable expertise and guidance of AFH UK who in addition to completing the architectural design, also provided the structural, mechanical and electrical engineering support pro bono."

FareShare office photo

A Genuinely Brilliant Space
McNally goes onto emphasis the importance of the work AFH UK are doing. "The provision of pro bono services has allowed us to create a genuinely brilliant space as opposed to a plain 'box' of a building and we offer our sincerest thanks to AFHUK — all the people who gave up their own time — and made this possible,"

FareShare kitchen photo

AFH UK's Appropriate Architecture
Lead project architect Chris Medland and trustee of AFH UK says, "Our design brief was to create an environment that felt and looked as un-institutional as possible. FareShare were clear that most people using the facility would have little or no formal qualifications and would find an institutionalised environment alienating, and we have responded accordingly. Irrespective of the limitations in scale and budget, we have designed a comfortable place that will raise expectations, is successful in dealing with heating, acoustic and lighting issues and relays a sense of calm and welcome to users."

Medland concludes, "To me, this is a true architectural response, and is what puts the 'architecture' in Architecture for Humanity."

Project Credits:
Client: FareShare
Contractor: RFP Contracting
Contract value: Approx £125,000
Architects: Architecture for Humanity UK, Chris Medland, Sam Hau, Ronan Needham
Structural engineer: Architecture for Humanity, Julia Ratcliffe
M+E and sustainability: Architecture for Humanity, Chris Eaton
Photography: Nathan Willcock
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