New images of Blackfriars Settlement's new building have been released, showing how the charity's services will benefit from new high-quality accommodation.
Shepheard Epstein Hunter have designed the new Settlement building for the corner of Pocock Street and Rushworth Street working closely with Presentation SIA (Social Investment Agency) to cross-subsidise the scheme by the construction of 36 new flats above it.
The building is arranged with shared facilities (such as the hall, lounge, crèche, reception, resource room, servery and users lounge), arranged around a central double height space. This will be the 'hub' of the Blackfriars Settlement where users and staff from different services converge, casually meet and socialise. SEH hope that this will help consolidate the sense of community already operating in the existing building and provide an entrance which is welcoming and accessible to all members of the community – including people of impaired vision, hearing and mobility.
The architects say that mixed-use developments such as this contribute to the liveliness of our cities and animate the street. Through careful design it is possible to allow two uses with quite different requirements to sit happily on the same site.