London-based architecture firm Geraghty Taylor is responsible for the design of community food learning centre of Good Food Matters, a charity dedicated to supporting those who face change or challenge.
Good Food Matters, is a non-profit organisation whose recipients may have a learning disability, they may experience lack of academic achievement or exclusion, they may be recipients of care – or young carers themselves, or they may be young parents, young homeless, ex-offenders, or at risk of antisocial behavior.
“Our intention for the design was to create areas where participants could experience the process of planting, harvesting and cooking produce within a purpose-designed Community Hub Teaching Kitchen”, said Brendan Geraghty, one of the co-founders and directors of Geraghty Taylor.
A limited budget meant building close working relationships with a small, nimble contractor who shared Good Food Matters’ vision and helped them deliver the project on time and on budget.
There were significant build challenges on the steep site and additional challenges around achieving consent for planning on Greenbelt land.
Considerable skill was needed to manage the concerns and expectations of local stakeholders, but the charity built positive local relations and won the support of the community and planners through clear communication strategies and virtual modelling.
Good Food Matters is an extremely successful, award-winning scheme.