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Designs revealed for Family Welcome Centre in Harold Hill

An artists impression of what the centre might look like (Credit: Havering Council)

Havering Council has submitted plans to build emergency accommodation for homeless families. 

The Family Welcome Centre will be based along Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, and will contain 74 rooms, the largest of which will be capable of accommodating eight family members. 

The U-shaped building has been designed by architects Hawkins/Brown and is also going to have a central courtyard and a play area for children. 

A health centre on the ground and first floors will deliver accessible health services to the wider local community. 

The centre is going to replace the borough’s existing hostels, including Will Perrin Court. 

A working group will be created with residents from South Hornchurch to agree on options for the future use of the Will Perrin site.

Councillor Joshua Chapman, cabinet lead for housing, said: “Our new Family Welcome Centre will be the first of its kind in Havering.

“Not only will it serve as a bold first step in our regeneration plans for Harold Hill, but it will help us to expand our support for Havering’s most vulnerable, as set out in our homelessness and rough sleeping strategy.

“The new centre will ensure we are able to look after families that find themselves in dire situations, providing them with a safe, high-quality, and comfortable place to stay while we find them permanent homes.”

“It was important that the health and wellbeing of families was the priority for this centre, which is why we have included plenty of green space and amenities for families.

“We hope that it will set a new standard for this type of accommodation across the UK.”

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