Bellingham Green Man pub turned Phoenix community hub shortlisted for Building Award

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Bellingham Green Man pub turned Phoenix community hub shortlisted for Building Award

Bellingham Green Man pub turned Phoenix community hub shortlisted for Building Award

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A FORMER Bellingham pub turned into a community hub has been shortlisted for a top award.

The Green Man on Bromley Road is now the home of social landlord Phoenix Community Housing, featuring a state-of-the-art training kitchen, community café, branch of the Lewisham Plus Credit Union, market square and venue space for hire.

News Shopper: Bellingham Green Man pub turned Phoenix community hub shortlisted for Building Award

Designed by Black Architecture and opened in November, the building has a "sawtooth" roof, timber frame, open plan interior and sustainable features like rainwater toilet flushing systems and solar panels to generate both electricity and hot water.

Now, the building is among eight projects shortlisted in the Building Awards 2014 for small project of the year.

Phoenix’s chief executive Jim Ripley said: "For years our area has lacked a clear community focus. Pub after pub in our area has shut its doors – including the original Green Man pub - and it became a place that people would simply drive through, not come to. That’s been both the symptom and cause of the deprivation we inherited when Phoenix was created in 2007.

"The Green Man symbolises our efforts to arrest and reverse the decline. Our residents were heavily involved in both the design of the building and its facilities, and we’d like to thank them and everyone who made it possible. The Green Man is visually and architecturally distinctive, but what really distinguishes it is the positive difference it will make to thousands of people’s lives."

The Building Awards will be presented on April 2 in central London.

For more on Phoenix visit phoenixch.org.uk

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1:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Total eyesore to be honest. Same with the blocks of flats just put up a few doors along. But, how times must change!
Total eyesore to be honest. Same with the blocks of flats just put up a few doors along. But, how times must change! sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 16

1:10pm Wed 12 Feb 14

GreenPea4 says...

Nice building, but disapointed that since it has been open, staff seem to think it is OK to park on the pavements in the roads behind the Green Man. Parking on pavements damages the pavements which means they are a trip hazard to pedestrains. The blind and disabled do not expcet cars to park on pavements which make it a serious hazard for them. Those in wheelchairs and people with pushchairs and prams have to walk in the road as they cannot walk on the pavemments that have cars parked on them because there is not enough room. Staff at the Green Man need to be educated that pavements are for people, not for their cars to park..
Nice building, but disapointed that since it has been open, staff seem to think it is OK to park on the pavements in the roads behind the Green Man. Parking on pavements damages the pavements which means they are a trip hazard to pedestrains. The blind and disabled do not expcet cars to park on pavements which make it a serious hazard for them. Those in wheelchairs and people with pushchairs and prams have to walk in the road as they cannot walk on the pavemments that have cars parked on them because there is not enough room. Staff at the Green Man need to be educated that pavements are for people, not for their cars to park.. GreenPea4
  • Score: 4

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