James House, York
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Creating temporary accommodation for the homeless
The refurbishment and fit-out of a former office building creates emergency accommodation for up to 160 people who have found themselves homeless.
With a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats including four on the ground floor which are wheelchair accessible, the development offers safe and comfortable space for individuals, couples and families.
Located in a light industrial area of York, the exterior appearance was softened to suit a residential block. Changes included a new-build entrance foyer, new windows, courtyard, children's play area and landscaped gardens. We also created a reception, meeting rooms and staff spaces, and an external plant room which generates heating and hot water for the residences.
With some of the exisiting homeless accommodation unfit for purpose and scattered across the city, James House increases much-needed facilities and access.