The development site is located at a prominent gateway location to the town centre, offering an opportunity for a statement piece of design, affirming that the homeless matter. Bounded on all sides by roads, the surrounding buildings vary in size, scale and use, offering the required flexibility for a bespoke building that meets the needs of its vulnerable users. The state of the art 30 bedroom residential project will provide much needed accommodation to house Burnley’s homeless. The proposals will provide a flexible but bespoke response to the needs of the rough sleepers, with supporting facilities, training areas, multipurpose rooms, private external space and medical provision, in a modern light and accessible building, providing an innovative carefully planned scheme that will positively impact on both individuals and the local community.
The design has been heavily influenced by its location and the historic nature of the conservation area, drawing from the local use of the materials proportion and style to create a modern piece of architectural design that is sensitive to its context.
The site is steeply sloping, creating a split level building with opportunities for lots of natural daylight and excellent views out over the surrounding landscape. The form follows the slope of the site with carefully considered external spaces carved out and incorporated in the design as extensions of the building. Bounded on all sides by the existing road infrastructure, the building is designed to be viewed equally from all angles. Addressing the context, providing active elevations with a strong building line, and creating private external space has resulted in a very specific architectural response.