An Viet House
HCCS plans to relocate to An Viet House at Englefield Road in Dalston, and undergo a £1.5 million refurbishment. The refurbishment is co-funded by Hackney Council, which will contribute an additional £950,000 to the regeneration program as part of a 15-year development scheme aimed at creating a strong local identity, high-quality architecture, and built-in heritage. The Dalston draft plan outlines the creation of over 600 new homes, 700 sqm of community space, and 14,000 sqm of commercial retail and office workspace.
The An Viet Foundation was founded in Hackney in 1981 in order to aid the settlement of Vietnamese people in London following the Second Indochina War. Their service developed into a focal point for Vietnamese families, including assistance with housing, health promotion, and mother-tongue and English-language classes. The community grew quickly and helped improve the landscape by making social, cultural, and economic contributions within Hackney.
Unfortunately, as the AVF and restaurant moved out of the space, the building fell into disrepair. In 2019, squatters moved in and damaged the space.
HCCS will rebrand as the ESEA Centre with the aim of providing a central hub for local East and South-East Asian residents to engage in social interaction and community activities. The regeneration program will offer various services, including training, education, health, wellbeing support, and immigration advice. The transition also involves the recruitment of a new team of experienced therapists and counselors who will provide consultations to help members develop new skills and overcome challenges.
The renovated facility will include a community restaurant, a commercial kitchen, meeting rooms, a spacious multi-purpose hall for events, and co-working spaces for rent. HCCS currently has over 1000 members, and with the relocation to Dalston, we aim to double this number by the end of 2024.
After opening, the HCCS's community kitchen will host training sessions in East Asian cuisine, pop-up restaurants, and opportunities for local catering events. Additionally, it will serve as a resource center, acting as a hub for culinary knowledge, skills, and expertise within East Asian communities.
The new ESEA community center is currently scheduled to open in May 2024.