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Refurb rumours

September 30 2010
Victoria hostels will not close at the same time

The management of two hostels in Victoria have denied that their refurbishment would lead to both being closed at the same time.

Roger Clarke, deputy chief executive of The Passage, assured The Pavement that no closures were planned for Passage House, the 48-bed facility that is being revamped, but that a small and temporary reduction in beds would occur whilst the improvement works were taking place. The hostel in Longmoore Street is undergoing a facelift in four phases over the next year to replace the current dorm-style rooms with single bedrooms, and to introduce new reception and office facilities.

Passage House is benefiting from the Places of Change: Hostels Capital Improvement Programme, which has spruced up other hostels in London. Mr Clarke said staff at The Passage were "very excited".

Half a mile around the corner, Look Ahead Victoria in Castle Lane was rumoured to be temporarily closing a 54-bed building for a month while improvement works went ahead, courtesy of the Supporting People Grant, via Westminster Council. However, a spokesperson for Look Ahead Victoria denied any closure was on the cards.

She said: "While a number of options are being explored, no decisions or funding commitments have yet been taken or made on the possible redevelopment of Victoria Hostel. Communication with the appropriate stakeholders will take place at the appropriate time."