Coin Street neighbourhood centre

Interior of Coin Street neighbourhood centre with visitors

The Coin Street neighbourhood centre on Stamford Street provides families, young people, adults and older people in the area with access to the best possible community facilities and services. Designed by Haworth Tompkins Architects, the Coin Street neighbourhood centre forms the fourth side of Iroko Housing Co-operative (also designed by Haworth Tompkins). The centre is part of Coin Street’s strategy to provide childcare, learning, enterprise support and leisure opportunities affordable to all members of the community.

The majority of the costs of constructing the neighbourhood centre were met by CSCB borrowing against income from commercial activities. The centre also was supported financially by the London Development Agency, and single regeneration budget funds with a contribution from the Government’s children's centre programme through Lambeth and Southwark councils. 

The neighbourhood centre contains

  • A day nursery providing childcare from 3 months to 5 years
  • Out of school provision and youth clubs
  • Parent and family support programmes including practical workshops
  • Evening and weekend activities
  • Conference, meeting and training spaces of the highest quality available for business and community hire
  • Creche for parents/carers using the centre
  • Access to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital midwifery and other specialist teams
  • Access to training and employment opportunities
  • Access to business and social enterprise support
  • Offices for Coin Street staff
  • Help desk operating throughout the opening hours of the centre.

Design team

Architect/project manager: Haworth Tompkins Architects
Structural engineer: Price & Myers
Services engineer: Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon
Planning Supervisor: PFB Construction Management Services
Main contractor: Rooff Limited

Environmentally sustainable features are an integral part of the neighbourhood centre. Incorporated into the striking facade are solar ‘chimneys’ to passively ventilate the building. Other features include solar panels to help to heat water, carefully balanced glazing to ensure optimum shading and light admittance, recycled rain water to flush WCs, lighting that is on only when rooms are in use, and recycling of all paper, glass, plastic and tin.