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George Williams House Portslade, Hampshire

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Project Brief

Affinity Sutton appointed W Stirland to design and build a 62 bed YMCA Shelter and Life Skills Centre which offers a large hostel facility for vulnerable people in Portslade. The three-phased project began in 2004 with the first tenants taking occupation in 2007. The final two phases saw the managed flats and life skills centre completed.

Designed around a central landscaped area, the design picks up on its surroundings in an intelligent and contemporary way.

Project Team

Architect: Deacon Richardson Partnership

Client Agent: Deacon Richardson Partnership

Project Description

The project was constructed in three phases around the existing shelter which was demolished in stages as the site became more restricted due to the ongoing construction works.

A mixture of external elevation finishes were used, with a focus on environmental credentials. The ‘Life Skills’ building features large areas of glazed façade and a sedum roof. Untreated sweet chestnut boarding was selected as one of the main materials in the project, and this fast-growing timber is harvested locally in Sussex. Rendered block work, powder coated aluminium windows and single ply roofing were also used.

Sweet chestnut louvres provide solar shading to the stair towers and all the materials used are low maintenance with the building designed to be extremely energy efficient.

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Affinity Sutton Group

Contract Value
£4.5 million

40 weeks


Procurement Route
Traditional Tender

June 2009

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