Building and sky

We’re incredibly proud to announce the launch of a new architectural competition in partnership with John McAslan + Partners, to provide a brand new housing facility for up to 40 homeless young people.

Specifically created in response to the crisis of hidden youth homelessness, the building will be run by New Horizon Youth Centre and will provide short- to medium-stay accommodation for those in immediate housing need.

For many years NHYC staff have struggled to find suitable accommodation for the thousands of young people who come to us every year for help, so the prospect of having a brand new, purpose-built facility to safely house our clients is very exciting.

In addition to ourselves and McAslan + Partners, the competition is supported by the Mayor of London and is sponsored by Capel C S Limited and our Patron Jon Snow.

Our CEO Shelagh O’Connor said: “Our ability to provide immediate short stay and medium term accommodation for homeless young people has been severely depleted by cuts to resources and hostels. Working together with John McAslan + Partners,  James Murray, Deputy Mayor and our key stakeholders over the past year, we have developed this competition to create a wholly new solution. It will not only address our immediate need to keep young people off the streets but will create a long term sustainable solution that can be a model for housing going forward.”

“I look forward to seeing the range of ideas that come forward – and, crucially, beyond that, to seeing the winning proposals being delivered . . . a model that has potential to be replicated across London.”


James Murray, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development.

Jon Snow, NHYC's Patron stated: ”This competition is an exciting endeavour that can truly make a difference. We are looking for an innovative 21st century response to the challenge… we can make youth homelessness a thing of the past”.

More details about the competition and how to apply can be found at the Colander Associates Ltd website.

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