Good Food Matters is an exemplar community empowerment and regeneration centre. It is a community building hub in the New Addington area. The centre's focus is largely for those marginalised from society, seeking to provide skills to build confidence and self-sufficiency.
At the heart of the project is the community hub teaching Kitchen. A specifically designed unobtrusive building that is sensitive to its Green Belt context. The building draws on the tradition of simple 'working' buildings that punctuate the English countryside. The building is naturally lit and ventilated and partly powered by solar PV panels.
Key design decisions were driven by the vision to create a truly inclusive scheme. The single storey section (despite the steeply sloping site) is conceived to ensure level access within the teaching kitchen and it's supporting spaces. In addition, the use of grasscrete paving in the general growing areas and specialist growing beds seeks similarly to facilitate access across the site for people whose movement is impaired