Castle Mews is a development of 8 one-bedroom apartments in the heart of the historic market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire. Providing much needed supported accommodation for 16 to 25 year olds who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless – the scheme provides a stepping stone for them to eventually live independently.
Developed for Broadacres Housing Association and the YMCA with funding from North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Castle Mews saw run down and disused buildings demolished and replaced with modern, efficient homes, each with their own front door and the added security of someone on hand to help if needed. The project secured additional grant funding from Awards for All towards the cost of furnishing the apartments and young people were involved throughout the project including helping to install furniture prior to moving in at the end of March 2012.
Despite restrictions imposed by the tightly constrained site and significant historic context, the innovative scheme still delivers well above expectations in terms of sustainable design approach and achieved a 44% improvement over Building Regulations’ requirements for the dwelling emission rate for each apartment. The scheme reached the national finals of the Sustainable Housing Awards 2013.
This modest scheme is a shining example of a collaborative team making the most of limited resources available. It not only ranks highly in terms of its low carbon footprint, but also in building a sustainable community; providing a lifeline to young people in a rural setting, offering support, inspiration and a future.