This scheme in Salford for Imagine / Great Places Housing Group was the result of a successful national competition for a new type of supported accommodation and is one of the first commissioned in the UK.
The project provides accommodation for women who have come out from institutional facilities to a environment which is designed to assist with them developing independent living skills in a supported community. The scheme provides for a series of self contained units of accommodation, plus ancillary facilities for 6 staff and visiting specialists.
Occupying a brown field site within Salford’s regeneration area, the scheme was designed to enclose a private courtyard whilst utilising the site’s natural topography to maximise internal light penetration. The external elevations respond to the rhythm of the surrounding streets whilst the internal facades take a distinctive contemporary form.
Access is arranged via semi-enclosed interlocking walkways with break out spaces in the form of cantilevered contemporary pods. The project was completed in January 2008 and is now in full occupation.