Thermo Shelter

Thermo Shelter is trying to transform emergency shelter for rough sleepers.

Architect Sam Mitson is raising funds after he designed shelter hoping to topple a tent.

Rough sleeping has risen by 134 per cent in the last seven years and there are a host of ideas and plans on how to tackle the issue.

Sam Mitson, from Poole, Dorset, has decided to put his decade of expertise as an architect towards providing warm shelter for those living on the streets with his Thermo Shelter concept.

The portable structure promises to raise temperatures “by around 10 degrees” over a tent with a frame of insulation boards constructed with bungee cord and stoppers. A waterproof membrane ensures that the shelter remains dry by keeping it raised off the ground to prevent rising damp.

The entire structure folds away, like a tent, allowing it to be used as a lightweight emergency shelter in the event of extreme weather, as seen during ‘The Beast from the East’ when StreetLink referrals skyrocketed as the UK was battered by winter storms in March.

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