Charity sought to buy defunct homelessness charity’s ‘historic building’

The liquidators of homelessness charity House of St Barnabas are hoping to find a charity to buy its central London base.

The charity’s building at One Greek Street, Soho Square, is a Grade-1 listed Georgian site, with a private garden, that is held on trust for charitable purposes.

House of Barnabas announced its closure in January after its finances failed to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis.

Over the last decade it had supported more than 300 homeless people to find work and a home through its graduate programme.

Its Soho Square base also included a members’ bar, whose celebrity members included Jarvis Cocker, Peter Capaldi and Brian Cox, and had also collaborated with Banksy.

Built between 1744 and 1727 it has a chapel and one of the “largest private gardens in Soho”, said liquidators Adam Stephens and Chris Allen of Evelyn Partners.

Allsop LLP has been instructed to market the building.

“We are hoping to attract proposals from charities whose purposes are compatible with those of The House of St Barnabas to build on its historic legacy,” said Allen.

“We are also inviting proposals from commercial entities which would help generate funds to provide the possibility for the charity to resume its good work of supporting those in need.”

Stephens added: “One Greek Street has a long history of charitable use, operating most recently as a private members club that helped fund valuable support for homeless people. Many people have very fond memories of visiting this iconic Soho club.”

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