The new Shaftesbury Hall provides a purpose-built helpline facility for the North London Samaritans and a hall for the local community on the site of an old chapel in a state of disrepair. The project has reinstated Haringey’s ‘Tin Tabernacle’ as a local hub and anchors the integral role of the North London Samaritans within the community.
The design was developed to recreate rather than preserve the original hall. The pitched roof, external cladding details and window profiles maintain the rich history of the original building that was once a chapel provided for railway employees in the 1880s. The insulated, corrugated panel cladding resonates with the existing heritage, distinguishing itself from the brick-built extension that functions as the call centre, independent to the hall. Accessed by a separate side entrance, there is a subtle yet clear separation of the differing purposes of the build whilst allowing for the discretion of the dedicated volunteers.
The hall features a sprung wooden dance floor, full catering facilities and can fit up to 60 seated guests, available for event hire by the local community.
The call centre accommodates three volunteers operating telephone support lines and enables face-to-face contact, extending the provision of emotional support that the Samaritans offer.
Photographer: Dan Glasser