Griffin Place replaced a sub-standard scheme for the homeless with well managed hostel accommodation for various resident groups, as well as administrative and community facilities. The scheme was constructed using Large Format Calcium Silicate Masonry, a new form of MMC to the UK at the time. We designed a colourful, vibrant scheme providing secure and well-managed accommodation, along with a pleasant living environment for residents, well landscaped courtyards, a multi-purpose hall and play area. In total 167 bed spaces for short and long stay residents were provided, as well as a flexible emergency unit.
The chosen materials and construction technology ensured the building had a contemporary aesthetic, in contrast to the original institutional character of the previous scheme. An EcoHomes rating of ‘very good’ has been awarded and the scheme won the Central LABC Building Excellence Award for Social and Affordable Housing.