St George's Crypt

More important than its multiple awards is the fact that this heritage conservation project has transformed the lives and work of the people who use the building.



Client:  St George's Crypt
Value:  £1m
Contractor: Baum Construction

This multi award-winning facility for the homeless comprises an extension and extensive refurbishment of St George’s Crypt, an annex to the Grade II listed St George’s Church in the centre of Leeds.  

Heritage conservation projects such as church and chapel refurbishments demand a sensitive approach but this scheme was also an exploration of how architecture can influence the way an organisation is run and the impact it has on users.

The church extension has been an enormous success, with the charity telling us 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 given some privacy, particularly crucial for female clients.  St George’s Crypt has also been able to extend its services to the homeless of Leeds, by offering health checks, training and support.  

Highly commended for community benefit category - RICS Pro-Yorkshire Awards 2012
Winner in altered building category - Leeds Architecture Awards 2011
Winner in landscape category - Leeds Architecture Awards 2011
Runner up - EASA Presidents' Awards 2011

For more information about St George's Crypt and its work, visit the website