About The Green Man

The Green Man is currently closed to the public until further notice in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

We continue to follow Public Health England guidelines and our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, residents and staff. Further updates will be posted on the Phoenix Community Housing website


The Green Man is a building for everyone.

We are home to:

  • housing reception and office space for Phoenix Community Housing
  • The Green Man Café
  • a branch of the Lewisham Plus Credit Union
  • a training kitchen for local children and residents
  • a market square and other space for public hire
  • Lewisham Music until they move into their new home at the Fellowship Inn in 2018

We were officially opened by the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, in December 2013, and have since been shortlisted in the Small Project of the Year category of the Building Awards 2014 and in the Civic, Culture and Sport category of the New London Awards 2014.

The creation of The Green Man by Phoenix Community Housing has also been recognised through shortlisting in the Community Achievement category of the 24housing Awards 2014.


We are sited on the former Green Man public house in Downham, south Lewisham. The pub is thought to have been founded in the 18th century and was a major landmark in the local area for more than 200 years.

When Phoenix was created in 2007 more than 150 promises were made to residents. One was to create new headquarters in the heart of our area, offering services that would benefit the local community. 


The Green Man has been designed by Black Architecture as a low energy building with a range of sustainable features. These include:

  • highly efficient heating and cooling
  • lights that dim and go off automatically in some areas when they are unoccupied
  • air temperature and quality managed through special sensors
  • rainwater collected from the main roof to be used for flushing toilets
  • natural green sedum roof on the Barn building and staff cycle store, to encourage plants and insects to make it their home
  • space for 30 bikes and dedicated shower and changing facilities to encourage people to cycle, run or walk to work.

We are a temporary new base for Lewisham Music which is a charity that delivers vocal and instrumental tuition to young people aged 5-18 across the borough. The wide variety of lessons has reached over 6,000 children in Lewisham. They will occupy the top two floors of the 1920's Fellowship Inn pub in Bellingham that is currently being restored and will open in 2018.