Samuel Tuke blue plaque

Preserving heritage in a new facility

The site was home to a former a working men’s club that despite being a listed building had been empty for many years and had fallen into significant disrepair. The redevelopment has brought about a long-term economically sustainable new use. 

The accommodation has been named after Samuel Tuke, a prominent Quaker and social campaigner and a pioneer in the treatment of mental health, who is commemorated with a blue plaque.

We have worked closely with English Heritage, in conjunction with local architects CSP, to ensure that the existing main building was retained and key features are preserved for generations to come.

Modern student facilities

The project connects the new building to the former Tam O’ Shanter public house, and involved works to the former Working Men’s Club as well as to the Tam O’ Shanter. The sheds and buildings to the rear were demolished but a sensitive programme of works has seen the frontage onto Lawrence Street returned to its original splendour.

Facilities include a cinema, reception, laundry, cycle store and offices, as well as a gym, a games room and a common room. Additional study bedrooms are provided at upper floor level.

 

 

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