Housing for the homeless scheme gets national attention

Housing for the homeless scheme gets national attention

Housing for the homeless scheme gets national attention

First published in News

AN emergency housing scheme in Colchester has been given a national award.

The housing scheme, in Hargood Close, was designed by Proctor and Matthews for housing association Family Mosaic.

It has been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for its architectural excellence.

The jury said the scheme had a good combination of craftsmanship as well as giving users dignity.

It also said: “The reinvention of the alms house typology underpins the success of the design strategy that is beautifully executed with brickwork detailing that adds rhythm and texture.”

Louise Todd, RIBA East Regional Director, said: “I’m particularly pleased to see that Family Mosaic’s decision to appoint an architect for its latest housing scheme has been rewarded for producing something out of the ordinary, providing self-contained temporary accommodation and essential support for homeless people in Colchester for years to come.

“It is to be applauded.”

The £3.4million development, which was completed in April 2013, is built around two courtyards.

Its specific use is to temporarily house homeless people.

The project was one 56 in the UK and Europe to be given the accolade.

It is also in the running for the Building of the Year prize.

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2:26pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Misty4 says...

Yes, but what sort of homeless people? Britons who have fallen on hard times ... or illegal immigrants?
Yes, but what sort of homeless people? Britons who have fallen on hard times ... or illegal immigrants? Misty4
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4:39pm Thu 19 Jun 14

HARRY438 says...

Where is Hargood Close?
Where is Hargood Close? HARRY438
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11:34pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Boris says...

Misty4 wrote:
Yes, but what sort of homeless people? Britons who have fallen on hard times ... or illegal immigrants?
What a stupid comment. A homeless person is a homeless person. End of.
[quote][p][bold]Misty4[/bold] wrote: Yes, but what sort of homeless people? Britons who have fallen on hard times ... or illegal immigrants?[/p][/quote]What a stupid comment. A homeless person is a homeless person. End of. Boris
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11:37pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Boris says...

HARRY438 wrote:
Where is Hargood Close?
According to Google, it is in Lexden, somewhere near Aldi. I hadn't heard of it either, but there are so many new roads. vbeing a close, it probably doesn't amount to much.
[quote][p][bold]HARRY438[/bold] wrote: Where is Hargood Close?[/p][/quote]According to Google, it is in Lexden, somewhere near Aldi. I hadn't heard of it either, but there are so many new roads. vbeing a close, it probably doesn't amount to much. Boris
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11:38pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Boris says...

Being, sorry. (and the map on the website I found wasn't much help).
Being, sorry. (and the map on the website I found wasn't much help). Boris
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7:56am Fri 20 Jun 14

Secret person says...

It's where ascot house used 2 be at the crossing near aldi, I lived here 10 months ago and every day I was there all there was police and there was always drama, I could not wait 2 get out bidded on anything and everything just 2 get out the nut place
It's where ascot house used 2 be at the crossing near aldi, I lived here 10 months ago and every day I was there all there was police and there was always drama, I could not wait 2 get out bidded on anything and everything just 2 get out the nut place Secret person
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