Client: St George's Crypt
Contractor: Baum Management
This multi-award winning facility for the homeless comprises an extension and extensive refurbishment of St George’s Crypt, an annex to the Grade I listed St George’s Church in the centre of Leeds. As well as from the sensitive design approach to an important heritage building, the scheme was an exploration of how architecture can influence the way an organisation is run and the impact it has on users.
The facility has been an enormous success, with the charity noting that the openness of the design and quality of finish has been instrumental in improving self-esteem and trust. Graffiti and vandalism has significantly reduced, and for the first time, clients were able to be given some privacy particularly in the case of female clients. St George’s Crypt have been able to extend their services to the homeless of Leeds by offering health checks, training and support.
Highly Commended ‘Community Benefit’ – RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2012
Winner ‘Altered Building’ – Leeds Architecture Awards – 2011
Winner ‘Landscape’– Leeds Architecture Awards – 2011
Runner-up - EASA Presidents' Awards 2011.
For more information about St George’s Crypt and the work they do: www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk