Joint venture between Liverpool Mutual Homes and Liverpool City Council to provide a safe haven for people in need of emergency accommodation.
The project consisted of 16 new short stay flexible apartments located within two historic buildings with contemporary extensions to the side and rear.
Constraints imposed by the existing buildings and the historical status provided a number of challenges in fulfilling the brief for an open plan and flexible building.
The building facades to the Victorian buildings were fully retained and new internal steel frame provided to fulfil the requirement for flexibility.
From conception the requirement to provide a green sustainable building was at the heart of the scheme with the final design incorporating a glazed central atrium with photovoltaic cells. Further improvements were made to the thermal efficiency of the existing building and new extensions utilising high performance insulation.