Mount Pleasant opens its doors for Open House London

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Mount Pleasant opens its doors for Open House London

Since re-opening its doors in 2015, the renovated Mount Pleasant building has offered safe accommodation and training for single homeless people with support needs. As a local resource, it is crucial in helping residents back into work and independent living.

Open House London is a two-day event that celebrates the city’s architecture, offering tours of historically and aesthetically significant buildings. Tours of Mount Pleasant will be held every hour between 10.30am and 3.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Read more here.

You can read more about projects being delivered through the Community Investment Programme at cip.camden.gov.uk.

Part of local history

Built over a century ago, Mount Pleasant was originally a workhouse. Following the closure of the workhouse in the 1920s, the site was converted into hostel accommodation. However, the conditions were cramped, with records showing between 1,000 and 2,500 people admitted to the hostel each year, between 1924 and 1929.

By the turn of the century, the facilities at Mount Pleasant were showing their age and in need of investment. Using funds generated through Camden’s Community Investment Programme, the hostel was transformed into the bright and modern facility that Open House visitors will be able to see this weekend.

Designed by Peter Barber Architects, the renovated building includes ensuite rooms for 50 residents with larger and accessible units for people who struggle to get around. In addition, Mount Pleasant includes a tree lined courtyard conceived as a collage of past and present with privacy offered by long facades of new and reclaimed brickwork. Mount Pleasant works with single homeless people with support needs referred by Camden’s Homelessness Prevention team and the Safer Streets team, and is part of Camden’s Adult Pathway, which supports over 200 people into independent accommodation each year.

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