Later this year, Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) marks a new chapter in its 45-year history of inspiring brighter futures for vulnerable and excluded people in North East London, when it opens Kingsland Hub, a new purpose-built centre at 242-248 Kingsland Road, Haggerston.
The centre, on the ground floor of ISHA’s (Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association) Canal Walk Apartments, includes state of the art training rooms, private spaces for participants to meet with support workers, and a coffee shop. It will also provide a new base for PBHA’s administrative and support teams, replacing the organisation’s offices in Dalston and Arsenal.
PBHA will continue to offer support and training for tenants and participants in Islington, both from its Isledon Road community hub and from Outpost, its shop on Holloway Road. The housing association is also developing a community hub in Stoke Newington, to give local tenants access to support and services close to home.
PBHA Chief Executive Clare Norton said: ‘We are excited to be bringing together our Hackney and Islington teams into new premises in Haggerston. We look forward to offering our tenants, participants and the wider community with an enhanced service, from a fully accessible site with state of the art training facilities.
‘We have purchased an 250 year long lease from ISHA, which will enable us to continue our proud history of supporting social inclusion in North East London for many years to come.’
Clare Thomson, ISHA’s Chief Executive said: ‘We are delighted that Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) will be occupying the ground floor of our new affordable housing scheme in Kingsland Road. PBHA’s occupation will complement our scheme and we look forward to building on this successful partnership to positively contribute to the regeneration of the area.’
The move is part of PBHA’s ‘Five-year Strategy’ to ensure the organisation can continue to support its tenants and participants to grow the confidence and skills to live more independently, now and in the future.